We’ve heard of cases in which taxi drivers get assaulted or robbed by their passengers.
But in this case, it’s the taxi driver who’s accused of committing a crime.
53-year-old Enio Tablas, an independent taxi driver from Kalihi, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of sex assault in connection with two separate cases.
Both victims told police that Tablas offered them a ride home after a night out on the town.
Police say the first incident happened on March 29 in Chinatown.
The victim told police she was walking down Nuuanu Avenue near Hotel Street, and she had been out drinking.
She said Tablas offered her a ride, and she said ok. She told police once she got in his taxi, he prevented her from getting out, and then sexually assaulted her.
Police say the second incident happened in Waikiki between July 4 and 5.
The victim said she had been out partying, was walking home and was offered a free ride home in the taxi.
She said ok, and she told police that Tablas took her to an isolated area, where he sexually assaulted her.
“Take advantage of the woman when they’re drunk — that is real bad,” Hawaii Taxi Cab Drivers Union President Abraham Martin said.
Tablas was positively identified through a photo lineup.
He was arrested on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the main police station. He was charged on Sunday with four counts of sex assault, and made his first court appearance on Monday morning.
Bail is set at $100,000.
KHON2 asked: “What kind of advice do you have for women who who might be going out and would want to catch a taxi home?”
Martin replied: “If they happen to need a cab I think it’s safer to call a cab company.”
He added that women could also call police, and they can arrange for a taxi to pick them up.
Even though two women have come forward, police believe there could be more victims.
If you were also sexually assaulted, or have more information that can help with this case, call 911.