Brooklyn car service shut down after unlicensed driver charged with raping 12-year-old passenger

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August 14, 2020 - 10:21 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A Brooklyn car service was shut down by the Taxi and Limousine Commission after an unlicensed driver it hired was charged with raping a 12-year-old passenger this week, officials said.

The Evelyn Car Service on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights had its license revoked, TLC Commissioner Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk told the Daily News.

“Ignoring TLC regulations and illegally dispatching an unlicensed driver unnecessarily puts everyone at risk,” Jarmoszuk said. “We are deeply disturbed and saddened by the savage attack on an innocent child earlier this week and our hearts and prayers are with the child and family.”

Rafael Martinez, 32, was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, menacing and assault after allegedly raping a girl in his car Monday night.

The girl's parents had ordered a livery cab to pick her up near Myrtle and Carlton Avenues in Fort Greene, police said. The destination was near Ralph Avenue and Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The victim told police that at some point during the trip, Martinez allegedly parked the car, entered the back of the vehicle with the victim and raped her.

Prosecutors allege that Martinez beat the girl unconscious before raping her. They said he threatened to kill her and her family if she said what happened.

The girl was transported to NYC Health + Hospitals Woodhull after she was dropped off at her destination by Martinez, police said.