Taxi driver Tanveer Fayyaz wanted by police in July 8 MetroAccess rape case

Tanveer Fayyaz
Tanveer Fayyaz (Courtesy Of Metro Transit Police - Courtesy Of Metro Transit Police)
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By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Metro Transit Police appealed to the public on Wednesday to help them locate a taxi driver who allegedly raped a 36-year-old mentally disabled woman after he picked her up from an adult-care center on July 8.

Tanveer Fayyaz, 31, has not returned to his home or other places he frequents in Montgomery County in recent days, Deputy Chief Jeff Delinski told reporters during a news conference.

"This person is dangerous and has committed a very serious offense," Delinski said. He called Fayyaz, who he said was unarmed during the alleged assault, a "predator" who took advantage in a "crime of opportunity." He asked people with knowledge of Fayyaz to call Metro police at 202-962-2121.

Fayyaz is the third contract driver for MetroAccess, Metro's service for disabled people, to face allegations of sexual assault this year. Delinski said that was cause for "great concern," but he added that most MetroAccess drivers do "a very good job."

Fayyaz is wanted on charges of second-degree rape and on two counts of second-degree sexual offense, Delinski said. Each of the offenses carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail, he said.

Fayyaz, who is married and has children, has no criminal record, Delinski said. Dave Smith, a spokesman for MV Transportation, the California-based operator of MetroAccess, said Fayyaz underwent a criminal background check by Montgomery County to get his taxi permit.

MV Transportation had subcontracted work to Regency Cab. Fayyaz was driving for Regency when he allegedly assaulted the woman about 1 p.m., after he picked her up in Silver Spring and before he dropped her off at her Gaithersburg home, police said.

Delinski said that a care provider for the woman made a report on July 12. He said the victim had no obvious physical injuries. Delinski added that the vehicle is being held for possible evidence.

Two MetroAccess drivers were fired earlier this year after allegations of sexual assault. MetroAccess driver Jose Del Castillo, 55, of Gaithersburg, was arrested by Metro Transit Police in April for allegedly sexually assaulting a female bus customer in Prince George's County on Jan. 28. Del Castillo picked up the woman in Temple Hills to take her to Bowie and on the way pulled over and allegedly fondled her. Metro terminated him in April. Del Castillo is set for trial in Prince George's County in September, Metro said.

Another MetroAccess driver, Harry Delain, 31, of Southeast Washington, was also fired in February after a report that he had sexually assaulted a customer on a bus. Delain was not charged.

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