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Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Ride-Hailing Rape Case

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A Rhode Island man charged with pretending to be a driver for a ride-hailing company then kidnapping and raping a woman who had just left a Boston bar was back in court Monday.

Alvin Campbell Jr., 39, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Boston on charges of kidnapping, aggravated rape and indecent assault and battery.

Campbell has been held on $250,000 bail since pleading not guilty at his district court arraignment Jan. 9. His court-appointed attorney warned against a rush to judgment.

The 26-year-old alleged victim attended a party at a bar near North Station on Dec. 7, according to the office of Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins.

The victim summoned an Uber ride home, but the driver canceled. A man prosecutors allege was Campbell called to her by name and persuaded her to get in his SUV, prosecutors said.

He drove the woman to his home in Cumberland, Rhode Island, and raped her, authorities said.

The woman was intoxicated and incapable of giving consent and has no memory of what happened, authorities said.

Campbell is the older brother of Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell.

Following her brother's arrest in January, she praised the victim's courage for coming forward, and said she was praying for her brother.

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