Uber Statement and Neighbor’s Account of Alleged Attack on Driver
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Zachery Richard Johnson was booked Saturday night on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual battery and carjacking following his alleged attack on an Uber driver after leaving a Chili’s restaurant on Gunbarrel Road.
The alleged attack took place at the end of Pebble Creek Road. Following the rerouting of her 9-1-1 call from Bradley to Hamilton County and difficulty pinging the location of her phone, the affidavit says the assault lasted nearly 90 minutes.
Police say they arrived during the assault. The affidavit says her boyfriend and 9-1-1 dispatchers were able to hear the assault taking place.Johnson is being held on $500,000 bond.
Uber gave the following statement to News 12: “The driver’s report is gut wrenching. We’ve reached out to her to offer our support and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.” Uber says they removed Johnson from the ride sharing app.
“We just are completely heartbroken that this has happened so close, outside of our window and nobody knew about it. Any of us could’ve stopped it. We’re all a lot more mindful of who comes to our neighborhood since then,” says Joey Johnson whose home is a few hundred yards from the location of the alleged attack.