Lyft Driver Charged With Battery After Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Passenger

Bernie Tafoya
December 11, 2018 - 1:46 pm

Lyons Police Department


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 40-year-old Lyft driver was arrested and charged Monday with battery for allegedly sexually harassing a teenage female passenger earlier this year in Lyons.

Anthony Vicari, 40, from Chicago, was called through the Lyft app to pick up the 17-year-old girl at her friend’s home in Worth and drive her to her home in Lyons. But, during the ride, police said the girl said Vicari made repeated sexual advances towards her and asked her to go to a motel with him. The girl also told police that when the driver would stop at the stop lights, he would rub her thigh, leg and ask sexual questions to her about performing sex.

The girl told her mother and, the next day on Oct. 13, 2018, the mother brought her daughter to the Lyons Police Department and informed police that the driver had sexually harassed her daughter.

Lyons Police conducted an investigation and determined that Vicari had been the driver, identified after Police Investigators served a search warrant for information on the Lyft Company.

Once Vicari was identified as the driver, he voluntarily sat through an interview with officers on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Vicari admitted touching the female's legs, but blamed his actions on his personal circumstances, explaining he had just been divorced and was troubled, police said.

Lyons Police said the case will be heard at the Bridgeview court house in January 2019.