COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A grandmother who works as an Uber driver in Colorado Springs fought off an attacker and is telling her story of survival. Lorraine, who isn’t revealing her last name, says she wants to get the word out to prevent it from happening to others.
The 63-year-old says she picked up a rider in the 500 block of East Dale Street near downtown at 4 a.m. on Monday. The man asked her to wait for another passenger. After 10 minutes she asked him to find another ride. That’s when he allegedly started hitting her and biting her.
“He got my lip. He bashed me in the mouth. This tooth is shoved up in and twisted. He split the skin like a boxer. Everyone tells me my ear is really swollen,” she told CBS4 partner KKTV.
He then took her car, a white 2011 Chevy Cruze, and drove off.
Police told Lorraine she survived because she fought back.
“If I can inspire anyone else to fight back, keep fighting back or just prepare yourself because it does happen and don’t be afraid to report it,” she said.
Lorraine spent seven hours in the hospital and needed stitches.
Police arrested Raydrian Tyree Scott, 22, on Wednesday. Officers say he was still in possession of the victim’s car.
He was arrested and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center for charges of aggravated sexual assault, second-degree assault, robbery, aggravated motor vehicle theft and failure to register as a sex offender.
Scott was also was arrested on several unrelated misdemeanor warrants which included domestic violence charges out of Pueblo, Colorado, as well as a non-extraditable warrant out of Alabama, related to his Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.