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Charge dropped against cabbie in rape investigation


Charges have been dropped against a cab driver who had been accused of kidnapping a woman in the French Quarter and raping her.

American Taxi driver Pervez Iqbal was arrested on October 3 and booked with second degree kidnapping. Iqbal's arrest came after a woman alleged she was kidnapped and raped by a cab driver at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, September 29.

Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman said, "We promptly looked at the evidence -- determined, more to the point, lack thereof -- and performed an investigation and promptly determined that charges weren't warranted."

The 25-year-old woman initially told police she was put into a cab by her friends in the 600 block of Decatur Street after a long night of partying.  Last week, NOPD Sgt. Chris Robert said, "Along the ride, she lost consciousness. She regained consciousness and found herself inside of an unknown apartment. She found herself being sexually assaulted."

Police composed a sketch of the alleged attacker and the woman later identified Iqbal in a line-up as the man responsible for the attack she says happened in Metairie.

But Bowman says, after the D.A.'s office was given the case by the NOPD, his investigators determined there simply wasn't enough evidence to support the charge of second degree kidnapping. "Overall what we do, we look at the evidence that the police provide us with. We determine if further evidence is warranted, required, we look into that. It can be anything from interviewing the victim, speaking with the arrested parties attorney," Bowman said.

Iqbal was released from Orleans Parish jail but Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick says the case is still open in Jefferson Parish, so he can't comment.

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