HARRISBURG, S.D. (KELO) — Court documents say a ride from a Lyft driver took a scary turn for a Sioux Falls woman when she requested a ride to a friend’s house in Harrisburg early Sunday morning.
According to online court records, 35-year-old Andrew White Eyes pleaded not guilty on Friday to kidnapping, aggravated assault and sexual contact without consent. White Eyes is on the sex offender registry after being convicted in 2010 for attempted sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl.
According to court papers and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged victim requested a Lyft ride early on Sunday morning. She saw various items in the backseat, and White Eyes allegedly encouraged her to sit in the front.
Court documents say White Eyes started “telling her how pretty she was and that he wanted to make her his housewife.”
He is accused of placing his hand on her leg, with the alleged victim taking his hand and returning it to his side. Court papers say the passenger electronically shared her location with the friend she intended to see. He allegedly continued to touch her.
According to court papers, the victim had called her friend with the phone placed next to her, and she made it clear that another person was listening; the alleged victim also “told her friend to meet her outside and bring his parents.” That’s when White Eyes allegedly pulled out a gun and held it to the woman’s ribs. He is also accused of threatening to kill anyone waiting for them.
Court papers say that a short time later, he began to cry and apologize, also grabbing the alleged victim’s face and kissing her forehead.
Lyft’s website says all drivers have to pass a background check; additionally, drivers must pass a background check every year. KELOLAND News reached out to Lyft for comment, but had not heard back as of Friday evening.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detective Leah Stroschein tells KELOLAND News that when it comes to ridesharing, you should be aware of what’s going on around you and use common sense.