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Cab Driver Charged with Sexual Assault

Adrian Cohen Adrian Cohen
Inside the taxi where the alleged sexual assault took place. Inside the taxi where the alleged sexual assault took place.
The taxi impounded at the Kalihi police sub-station. The taxi impounded at the Kalihi police sub-station.
Cab company president Howard Higa Cab company president Howard Higa

by Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Over the past month, several taxi drivers on Oahu have become victims of violent crimes. Now, a cabbie is accused of a shocking offense.

Tuesday afternoon, Honolulu police charged the 46-year-old cab driver with sexual assault. He's accused of attacking a female passenger.

Adrian Cohen has been working with The Cab for about a year. He's described as a professional. But Sunday night, investigators say he crossed the line.

In the span of a month, Cab company president Howard Higa has had two drivers shot and another accused of a shocking crime.

"I'm totally disappointed, distraught and confused as to why all of these incidences are happening," he said.

The latest case involves cab driver Adrian Cohen. The 46-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting a passenger. The suspect's taxi is now parked at the Kalihi police station as evidence.

A 23-year-old woman told police she got into the car in Waikiki Sunday night, and asked the driver to take her to Pearl Harbor. She says he took her to a different location and attacked her.

"We have something that is, I think, shameful, discouraging and obviously against our company policy," Higa said.

A criminal background check shows Cohen has been convicted of prostitution, drug offenses, car theft, harassment, and driving under the influence.

"The Cab company is basically a dispatch company. We also have exclusive stands throughout the islands," Higa said. "The screening process for the driver comes with the city and county of Honolulu."

The city says a person must be free of convictions within two years of the taxi driver certificate application.

But Cohen's prostitution conviction falls within that time period. The police department, which does the background checks for the city, says it's investigating.

"We have been very cooperative with H.P.D. to ensure that there's justice brought to any crime committed," Higa said.

Investigators say when the taxi finally arrived at Pearl Harbor's Nimitz gate, the woman told security what happened. Security officers held the suspect until Honolulu police arrived.

Cohen's scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

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