An Ottawa taxi driver who allegedly used pepper spray on a woman outside Carlingwood Mall in March has been identified by Coventry Connections nearly two months later.
Police said a woman was standing at a taxi stand outside Carlingwood Mall just before midnight on March 13 when she was pepper-sprayed. The suspect taxi driver was described as a black man in his mid-20s.
In a media release issued Friday, Coventry Connections said another taxi driver called police to report the alleged assault on March 13, but that the suspect drove away before his cab number was spotted.
The taxi cab company said it was only notified on Thursday, May 1 — nearly two months later — that Ottawa police needed more help to identify the suspect.
Coventry Connections identified the driver that same Thursday afternoon, and passed the information on to police.
"Company policy is directed to assist the police fully on such matters, taking guidance and direction on widening the search when instructed to do so," Coventry CEO Hanif Patni said in a news release.