Woman assaulted by driver of car she thought was a ride-hail

A 22-year-old woman had a scare when she thought she entered a vehicle she requested in the South of Market neighborhood early Sunday morning and instead was assaulted by the driver, who apparently did not to work for a ride-hail company.

The woman exited a nightclub in the 400 block of Natoma Street shortly after 1 a.m. and approached the suspect’s vehicle, believing it was a ride-hail car, police said.

The suspect, described only as a white 60-year-old man, drove away with the victim when, two blocks later, he stopped the car and turned toward the victim, according to police.

The man punched the woman in the face and arm and attempted to join her in the back seat.

The woman managed to kick away the suspect and exit the vehicle before calling police. The suspect, however, fled and has not been arrested.

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