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Notre Dame places campus ban on cabbie

Andrew Thagard | Thursday, February 19, 2004

Notre Dame issued a no trespassing order to a Mishawaka taxicab driver who has been accused of rape.

Piara Singh, a 30-year-old cab driver for the Yellow Cab Co., faces charges of rape, criminal confinement and criminal deviate conduct after an incident involving a woman in Mishawaka on the evening of Feb. 8. The victim alleged that Singh forced her to engage in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts while confining her against her will, according to an order issued by the St. Joseph Superior Court.

Singh continues to work for the taxicab company. He usually, but not always, drives vehicle number 35, said University spokesman Matt Storin.

The University issued the order, Storin said, out of concern for its students and employees. The victim is not a student or employee of the University, he said.

The woman’s name did not appear in the Saint Mary’s student directory.

“We want University personnel to be aware … and [know] that he’s not allowed on campus,” Storin said. “It’s a public safety issue.”

A representative for Yellow Cab said Wednesday that no one was available to comment on the incident or the company’s policies on the matter.

The South Bend Tribune contributed to this story.