Police said the woman had requested an Uber driver but had mistakenly climbed into Silencieux’s car. When she asked if Silencieux was her Uber driver, he told her yes.
As Silencieux was driving away, the woman got a notification on her phone that her Uber request had been canceled, and that she had been charged a fee.
She questioned Silencieux again and he insisted he was her driver, but that he needed to stop at his apartment and buy gas, police sad. Once there, he allegedly forced the woman into his bedroom and raped her.
She later told police she tried to call an Uber but Silencieux said he would drive her to Bal Harbor, where she was staying. She had also committed his license plate to memory and provided it to the police.
Investigators tracked Silencieux down and arrested him on suspicion of sexual battery. He was booked into jail on a $50,000, which he later posted. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Uber confirmed that he was indeed a driver, but had not been using the app when he allegedly picked up the woman.
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