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Man Accused Of Kidnapping, Rape While Posing As Ride-Share Driver

BOSTON (CBS) – A man has been charged with kidnapping a woman outside a Boston nightclub and raping her. The suspect, Alvin Campbell Jr., is the brother of Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell.

On Thursday, Campbell was in court accused of posing as an Uber driver and picking-up a woman who left a holiday party at The Harp on December 7. Investigators say the next thing she knew a man was on top of her and she was in Rhode Island.

Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell released a statement:

"I am heartbroken, saddened and devastated by this news. I will continue to pray for the victim who had the courage to come forward and I want her to get all of the supports, services, and protections she is entitled to. I will also pray for my brother. I'm trusting that the judicial process will ensure that justice is served."

It is the third attack on a woman leaving a nightspot in a year and young women in Boston are on edge.

"You just want to get home to your bed, it's another thing to worry about when you're just trying to get home," said Taylor Deno. "You never know what's going to happen and it's scary, definitely, we try to stick together for sure."

Early last year, Jassy Correia was kidnapped as she left Venu nightclub. Her body was later found in the trunk of a car.

A few weeks before, a woman was kidnapped after she left Hennessey's bar. She was locked up in a Charlestown apartment and rescued.

Women in the city said they have a number of ways they stay safe out of fear of what could happen.

"I don't go alone that's the big thing," said Cassie Fenney.

"Make sure they say your name first, check the car," said Nicole McNamara-Marsland.

"We all check-up make sure we've heard from each other, to make sure we actually make it home," said Jessica Dellavalle

This week Uber launched a new safety pin feature to give a driver before the ride starts.

As of Thursday, Alvin Campbell was ordered held without bail in another case. His bail was revoked for a case pending from the spring where he is accused assaulting two other women leaving a nightclub.


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