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Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Wessam Ali-Karem Al-Thwej, 37, of Dearborn Heights in connection with the sexual assault of a 24-year-old Roseville, Michigan woman.

On July 10, 2022, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to the area on Lantz Street and Chrysler Service Drive in Detroit for a reported rape in progress. Upon their arrival, officers located the victim laying on the side of the road. Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

It is alleged that Defendant Al-Thwej, the victim's Uber driver, sexually assaulted her in his car. It is further alleged that the defendant put the victim out of his vehicle before fleeing the scene. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of the defendant on September 2, 2022.

Wessam Ali-Karem Al-Thwej has been charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct - First Degree, one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct - Third Degree, and one count of Unlawful Imprisonment. *

He was arraigned this afternoon in 36th District Court and given a $250,000 cash/surety bond. If released, the defendant will be given a GPS tether. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for September 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m., and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 22, 2022, at 8:45 a.m., before Judge Kenneth King. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

"There is no doubt that ride companies provide a great service, but this case is an example of a requested ride that went horribly wrong. Be careful when you use these services, not every driver can or should be trusted blindly," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.