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Broward County Lyft Driver, Glenroy Cornelius Tannis, Accused of Raping Unconscious Female Passenger Gets Released From Jail

Glenroy Cornelius Tannis, a Lyft driver in Broward County, was arrested May 23 for allegedly sexually assaulting an unconscious woman during a ride in his SUV back in January. Tannis faces two charges of sexual battery on a helpless victim. On June 2, 2022, Tannis, 42, was released from the Broward County Jail after posting bonds totaling $175,000. Part of his release conditions was that he is no longer permitted to work for any ride-share service.

According to media reports, Tannis picked up a woman who requested a Lyft ride on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, around 3 am on January 12, 2022. The victim, who was in town from Wisconsin, was out with friends that evening and wanted to go back the AirBnB apartment in Pompano Beach that she had rented. The arrest report also states that the victim’s friend made sure she got in the matched silver 2016 Ford Explorer that appears in the Lyft app before helping her in. The report says that the woman fell asleep in the back seat of the SUV during the ride. An hour later, she woke up groggy and half undressed with Tannis allegedly on top of her and forcing her to perform a sex act.

The vicitm realized she was near her AirBnB destination, got out of the vehicle, and ran to the apartment. She called a friend, cried, and told them what had happened. When she arrived home to Milwaukee, she told her local police what happened in Florida and they directed her to a sexual assault treatment center to collect DNA evidence. She also told the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and detectives later identified Tannis and the SUV. The vicitm flew back to South Florida in March to help with the investigation and identified Tannis from the photographs the police presented to her. The DNA sample proved to be a match with Tannis and he was arrested about a month later.

Tannis has been permanently barred from any ride share service, including Lyft and Uber. Lyft offered no comment. A recent report released by Lyft revealed that the ridesharing platform received 4,158 reports of sexual assault between 2017 and 2019. During those three years, the company said there were 360 reports of rape and ten deaths by physical abuse. 

Lyft customers have an expectation of proper vetting of their drivers for qualifications, as well as for safety.  Many rideshare passengers are critical that Lyft has not employed technology to deter sexual misconduct and ensure the safety of their passengers.  It is unacceptable that there are employees who take advantage of trusting riders and break the law.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault claims on behalf of clients throughout the country against ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during an Uber or Lyft ride, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Miami Lyft Driver Arrested For Alleged Rape of Intoxicated Passenger

Kevyn Rojas, a 26-year-old Lyft driver from Miami Beach, was arrested on Tuesday, March 1, for allegedly raping a female tourist during a late-night ride two nights prior. According to media reports, on Sunday, February 27, 2022, around 4:20 am, a woman visiting Miami from Texas ordered a Lyft ride from a Wynwood bar to the Berkeley Shore Hotel in Miami Beach, where she was staying.

Kevyn Rojas arrived to pick her up in a Mitsubishi Galant a few minutes later. The victim told Miami-Dade police that she got in the backseat of Rojas’ car. Rojas commented on her blue dress in Spanish. During the drive back to her hotel, the victim fell asleep and woke up when she heard the arrival notification that went off on her phone’s app. But Rojas drove past the hotel and parked the car nearby. Kevyn Rojas allegedly jumped into the backseat and got on top of the woman. He allegedly pulled her dress up, took off her underwear, and proceeded to rape her against her will. According to law enforcement records, she told him no and tried to stop his sexual advances, but she was too intoxicated and not as strong. After several minutes of the assault, Rojas got back into the driver’s seat and took her back to her hotel. The woman immediately called the police, and Rojas was identified through her Lyft app trip history and city cameras near her hotel. 

The arrest reports state that the surveillance footage was consistent with the victim’s statement. Rojas was charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim. According to public records, he was also arrested in 2020 for aggravated assault, but the charges were dropped. A judge set his bond at $500,000, ordering him to stay away from the woman and turn over his Colombian and United States passports.

Lyft has permanently barred Rojas from its platform, a spokesperson confirmed, stating, “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the behavior described is appalling. The driver has been permanently removed from the Lyft community, and we stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation in any way we can.”

A recent report released by Lyft revealed that the ridesharing platform received 4,158 reports of sexual assault between 2017 and 2019. During those three years, the company said there were 360 reports of rape and ten deaths by physical abuse. 

Lyft customers have an expectation of proper vetting of their drivers for qualifications, as well as for safety.  Many rideshare passengers are critical that Lyft has not employed technology to deter sexual misconduct and ensure the safety of their passengers.  It is unacceptable that there are employees who take advantage of trusting riders and break the law.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault claims on behalf of clients throughout the country.  An employee of any company is never permitted to have unwanted sexual contact with a customer. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during an Uber or Lyft ride, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Lyft Will Not Demand Arbitration From Victims of Sexual Assault

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Lyft has announced a major change to its User Agreement.  Lyft will no longer demand arbitration when passengers report they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by drivers.  Arbitration (which is costly and generally viewed as a pro-business dispute resolution method), rather than a jury trial, had previously been required to resolve disputes under Lyft’s User Agreement.

The decision by Lyft follows a similar decision earlier in the day by its competitor, Uber.  The policy change is hailed as a victory for sexual assault and abuse victims who are pursuing civil justice.  But the change was not without public pressure.  It comes on the heels of a CNN investigation that exposed numerous incidents of sexual assaults and abuse by Uber drivers.  CNN reported that at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years.  Moreover, at least 31 Ubers drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending.

Prior to this announcement, when signing up for Lyft service, users were required to agree to resolve any claims on an individual basis through arbitration. The practice, which has been largely unsuccessfully challenged in civil lawsuits, helped the company keep the issue of widespread sexual assault quiet and largely out of the public record.  Victims will now have the choice of venue to pursue their claims of sexual sexual assault or harassment  — mediation, arbitration, or open court with a jury trial.   Lyft will also end its practice of requiring confidentiality agreements when settling lawsuit with sexual abuse victims.

Attorney Adam Horowitz called this announcement by Lyft a win for victims of sexual assault and for transparency. “Victims will now have an opportunity have their day in Court with the right to a jury trial as guaranteed by our Constitution”, according to Adam Horowitz.

Attorney Adam Horowitz represents victims of sexual assault by rideshare drivers. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, battery, or rape by a driver for Lyft, Uber or another ride-sharing program, please contact attorney Adam Horowitz via e-mail at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call 954-641-2100 for a free consultation