Emerson Redd
Photo: Clarke County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Clarke County Sheriff's Office

Police: Man who victims thought was Uber driver charged with rape

Police in Athens said they charged a man who apparently led people to believe he was an Uber driver with raping a University of Georgia student after a second woman came forward with a similar story.

Emerson Redd was charged Saturday, police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said.

The second woman said an incident happened to her about 1:15 a.m. Friday, Rodriguez said. This was about an hour before the incident involving the UGA student.

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“The second victim told officers that she had also been picked up by a vehicle she thought was an Uber,” Rodriguez said, and that a male driver “touched her private areas” before she could get out of the car.

Rodriguez said the second alleged victim provided police with pictures she took while she was in the car, and the photos were shared  throughout the department. 

An officer recognized the man from a traffic stop she did on his car the night before for having no headlights on. The same officer saw the car in the downtown area early Saturday and conducted another  stop.

Police said the man matched the description from the photos and was identified as Redd.

“Redd agreed to speak to detectives,” Rodriguez said, “and after doing so was charged with rape against the first victim.”

In other news:

Verlaine Laguerre, 26, was found guilty in the killing of Matthew Hardeman, who was 19 at the time of his death.

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