Police: Woman Sexually Assaulted by Taxi Driver in Northern Liberties

A woman says she was sexually assaulted by a Freedom Taxi cabbie near the Barbary.

A 27-year-old woman told Philadelphia police that she was sexually assaulted by a Freedom Taxi driver early this morning near the Barbary in Northern Liberties.

The victim told investigators she climbed into the red-and-blue cab outside of the bar, on Frankford Avenue near Allen Street, at about 12:30 a.m.

The driver pulled over a short while later and entered the backseat to help her find her cell phone. He then allegedly digitally penetrated her, police said.

The victim described the driver as a stocky black man who was about 40- to 50-years-old and wore a brown jacket. Police had no additional information about the incident.

Everett Abitbol, the owner of Freedom Taxi, could not be reached for comment.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact the police Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251.