Morgan Hill Cab Driver Accused of Assault on Teen

Morgan Hill police have arrested a 21-year-old man accused of  attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old girl who he picked up in his cab in front  of her school Thursday.

The girl, a student at Live Oak High School, went to the Police  Department following the incident and informed officers that she had been  waiting for the bus after school at about 11 a.m. when a man driving an Alpha  Cab stopped in front of her and offered her a free ride, according to police.

The girl took the offer but grew frightened when, on the way to  her destination, the cabdriver stopped on the side of the road and began to  ask her personal questions, according to police.

The girl requested to be dropped off at a Staples Inc. store,  according to police. When they arrived at the parking lot of the store, the  cabdriver tried to grab her as she was getting out of the cab.

The girl escaped to Staples and then went to the Police Department  to report the incident.

The special operations unit of the Police Department arrested the  cabdriver, identified as Tarandeep Singh, of Hayward, after luring him to the  Staples store at about 3:45 p.m.

Singh was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for false  imprisonment, attempted kidnapping, assault with intent to commit rape and  annoying and molesting a child.

Police are encouraging anyone that may have been a victim of a  similar incident to contact Detective Beilmann at 408-779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at 408-947-7867.

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