No Charges Against Uber Driver in Kidnap Case

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    No charges will be filed against an Uber driver who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a woman and taking her to a motel, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has declined to file a case because the alleged victim was not available, officials said.

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    She gave police a fake address and didn’t return numerous phone calls from detectives, according to the LA County District Attorney's charge evaluation worksheet.

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    She alleged that she got into the taxi after a night of bar hopping in West Los Angeles, told the driver she couldn't remember her address and passed out.

    She woke up in a strange motel with the taxi driver touching her breast, according to the charge evaluation worksheet.

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    When she asked him to stop, he complied. She left the room without any resistance, then reported the incident to police on Monday morning.

    Frederick Dencer, 32, of Encino, was released from jail just after noon on Wednesday. He was arrested Monday on suspicion of kidnapping with sexual intent.

    An Uber spokesman said on Tuesday the company learned of the incident through the media and suspended the driver's account.

    In a statement released Tuesday, the company said the driver in question was off duty at the time. "Nothing is more important to Uber than the safety of our riders," the statement said.

    A company representative said Wednesday Dencer "remains deactivated."

    Tena Ezzeddine contributed to this report.

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