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Uber background checks under scrutiny after felon driver assaults 2 women

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Yahkhahnahn Ammi was arrested by St. Louis police on Feb. 21 and charged with assault. Now, a Kansas City woman has accused him of rape. (Credit: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department) Yahkhahnahn Ammi was arrested by St. Louis police on Feb. 21 and charged with assault. Now, a Kansas City woman has accused him of rape. (Credit: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- New details are emerging on how an Uber driver with a criminal past slipped through the ridesharing company's background checks.

The driver, Yahkhahnahn Ammi, is charged with assaulting women in St. Louis and Kansas City. This week the Kansas City victim filed a lawsuit against Uber.

In December, a St. Louis woman says she was also assaulted by Ammi, posting pictures online after the attack.

She  filed a report with Uber right away and Ammi was later arrested in February. But in January, Ammi had moved to Kansas City.

He was arrested for a different assault on a different woman there. She is the one suing the company.

Uber tells News 4  Ammi has not had access to drive for them since March.

But in 1996, a judge sentenced him to 16 years in an Illinois prison for attempted murder.

So how did he pass the Uber background check?

In 1996 Ammi went by Perrie D. Gibson. When he was released from prison in 2012, he legally changed his name to Yahkhahnahn Daniell Eliezer Ammi.

That is why he wouldn't have been caught in a name-based background check. The suit says Uber has fought to keep those kinds of checks over more costly and accurate fingerprint-based check.

In a statement Uber says they are taking the matter extremely seriously. And they are reviewing the litigation.

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