WASHINGTON - A woman who said she was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled by her Uber driver spoke exclusively to FOX 5 as she recalled the harrowing details.
Gemicka Clark said she out with friends Saturday evening in the District and when they decided to go home, one of them called her an Uber since she was the only one who lived outside the city.
It was about 4 a.m. on Sunday in the 400 block of East Capitol Street, Southeast, about four blocks east of the Capitol, when Clark said she nodded off, only to awake to the Uber driver fondling her and trying to remove her pants.
Clark said she came to and struggled with the driver for several minutes. She said the suspect began to strangle and punch her in the face. Thankfully, Clark said she was able to escape the car and run away.
"I fought him every moment. I bit him, I scratched him, I kicked him, I did everything and I feel only the grace of God is the reason why I got out of there," Clark described. "You don't forget someone who's made up their mind to kill you. He's on Facebook, I found him on Facebook myself. He has the same Uber picture as he does as one of his profile photos. And he actually has the nerve to have two daughters."
Clark was able to provide the Uber receipt to police, which helped them identify the driver as 32-year-old Selvin Chocooj, of Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Officials described Chocooj as a Hispanic male, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing approximately 165 pounds with a medium build. Authorities said Chocooj was driving a dark colored four-door sedan.
Anyone with information that could help detectives locate Chocooj, who is wanted for assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse, was urged to call police at (202) 727-9099. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
FOX 5 reached out to Uber, who said Chocooj's access to the app has been removed while the investigation continues.