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Police: Uber Driver Wanted for Attacking Woman Near Capitol

Selvin Chocooj is wanted for assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse

D.C. police say they have identified an Uber driver wanted for trying to sexually assault a woman blocks away from the U.S. Capitol.

A woman told police a driver she hired stopped his car in the middle of their trip and viciously attacked her about 4 a.m. Sunday on the 400 block of East Capitol Street SE.

The victim told police the man parked his car during the trip and tried to sexually assault her.

When she began yelling, the driver strangled her and punched her multiple times, a police report says. The victim eventually escaped the vehicle, and the suspect left the area in a four-door, dark-colored sedan. 

The woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

On Wednesday, police said the suspect is 32-year-old Selvin Chocooj, of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Chocooj is described as a Hispanic man who is 5 feet 7 inches and about 165 pounds with a medium build.

A spokesperson for Uber said in a statement that Chocooj was removed from its service on Wednesday as soon as police told the company about the alleged assault. The company was not sure how long Chocooj had been an Uber driver. The spokesperson said Uber is cooperating with police.

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Chocooj is wanted for assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse.

Police want anyone who may have information on the case to call them at 202-727-9099.

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