MetroAccess Driver Accused of Sex Assault: Metro

The suspect in an alleged MetroAccess sex assualt may have fled the country, according to Metro.

Transit police are investigating a reported sexual assault by a MetroAccess driver, Metro officials said.

The transit police department received a report Monday that a MetroAccess driver sexually assaulted a female customer July 8 in Montgomery County, Md., after he picked her up at an adult day-care center and before he dropped her off at home, according to police.

Tanveer Fayyaz, who is not an employee of the transit agency, has been suspended, according to Metro. He works for a subcontractor that is required to conduct criminal background checks.

Transit police have issued a warrant for the driver's arrest, charging him with one count of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree sexual offense. Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said Tuesday police are searching for the man and have asked for the public's help finding him.

On Thursday, Metro said Fayyaz may have taken a flight to Qatar Tuesday.

Transit police is working with the Montgomery County state's attorney, Montgomery County police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the State Department and INTERPOL to get an international arrest warrant for Fayyaz.

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