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Metro suspect may have fled country

From the archives: Sexual assaults alleged on MetroAccess
PDF: Police flier on Tanveer Fayyaz

A former taxi driver being tanveer.JPGsought in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a disabled woman may have fled the country, according to Metro officials.

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

Fayyaz was driving a taxi for Regency Cab on July 8 when he allegedly assaulted a MetroAccess customer, after he picked her up in Silver Spring and before he dropped her off at her Gaithersburg home, police said. MV Transportation, which operates MetroAccess for Metro, had subcontracted work to Regency Cab.

Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato said authorities believe Fayyaz may have fled the country on Tuesday on a flight to Qatar. Authorities are trying to secure an international arrest warrant, she said. The effort involves Metro Transit Police, the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, the Montgomery County Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, the U.S. Department of State and INTERPOL, she said.

By Michael Bolden  | July 15, 2010; 5:47 PM ET
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What country is the suspect from originally? Where would he be most likely to flee? From Doha, he can connect to almost anywhere in the Middle East, East Asia, or Africa using Qatar Airlines.

Posted by: JAHatGW | July 16, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't this guy have a wife and kids? What an a**hole.

Posted by: steampunk | July 16, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

How the F does a cabby have enough money to get a flight half way around the world!? Last minute no less. If he had help from his community whom ever helped him should go to jail also. Creep.

Posted by: humbertomisteroni | July 16, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Was he an illegal? If so, I hope Regency Cab is held responsible for employing him.

Posted by: akchild | July 16, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Am I missing something? How much time elapsed from the incident to him boarding the plane? It appears that the authorities knew who did it the same day it happened. Did he go right to the airport?
I'll have to agree w/ humberto, how in the world does a cabbie have the $$ to hop a plane last minute to the middle east? Given recent history someone immediately purchasing a ticket to anywhere outside of the US should raise some flags. It looks like they are fleeing something.

Posted by: Redial1 | July 16, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

No doubt a relative fronted him the cash. Back into the bosom of Islam.

Posted by: hadenuff1 | July 16, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

My sister takes Metro Access quite extensively and this scares me so. What's the screening process for third-parties that contract with MA?

Posted by: Ghem | July 17, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

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