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Man charged with kidnap & sexual assault after posing as taxi driver to lure his victim in Salisbury

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

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Salisbury Police have arrested a man for kidnap and sexual assault following an incident in Salisbury on 11 September.

A woman reported that a man she believed was a taxi driver made sexual advances towards her in his vehicle.

Iancu Romica Coman, 38, from Fisherton Street, Salisbury has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before court on 8 October.

In the early hours of 11 September, a woman got into a silver car in Millstream Approach believing it was a taxi she had booked with a local firm.

The driver of the car then behaved in an inappropriate way, making sexual comments and touching the woman on her leg.

She told him to stop the vehicle and got out near to St Mark’s Roundabout, phoning a family member to pick her up.

PC Mark Douglas, from the Salisbury Area Community Policing Team, said: “Thankfully the woman wasn’t injured in any way, but she was left feeling very uncomfortable and afraid by the way this man was acting.

“We made enquiries locally and believed the suspect was not a legitimate taxi driver, but was instead acting in an opportunistic way to try to get a woman into his car."


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