Metro suspect may have fled country
A former taxi driver being sought 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.
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