At the same time D.C. police were announcing the arrest of an Uber limousine driver in the alleged rape of a 20-year-old customer, District prosecutors were saying they would not charge the man.
The two agencies rarely air disputes over cases, but Thursday, they contradicted each other publicly at virtually the same moment. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said the office would not prosecute Anouar Habib Trabelsi, and a top D.C. police commander held a news conference outside police headquarters to announce the criminal charge.
Miller said Trabelsi, 35, who had been working under contract for Uber, was to be released from custody late Thursday afternoon or evening.
Miller said the case remains under investigation, and he declined to comment further. Reached after the televised news conference, a D.C. police official declined to comment. Prosecutors and police often discuss cases and evidence before deciding on charges, but officials at both agencies would not say whether such a conversation took place in this case.