An Uber driver living in California illegally has been accused by police of raping, assaulting and robbing at least 4 women.
39-year-old Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez faces 10 criminal charges, including 3 violent sex crimes and 1 burglary charge.
San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said Alarcon-Nunez was not working for Uber when he committed all of the crimes, but blames the ride-sharing app for not screening him out.
The run-down from Fox News:
Prosecutors say Alarcon-Nunez targeted women who were on their way home from parties. After driving them home, investigators say he would assault the women and steal their property — including cell phones and jewelry.
Authorities told KSBY that Alarcon-Nunez would collect payment for the rides through Venmo to disguise his identity and his Uber records. Prosecutors say he has also used the alias “Bruno Diaz” and his Venmo username was “Brush Bat.”
Dow said Monday that Alarcon-Nunez’s alleged victims are between 19 and 22 years old and three were intoxicated when they were assaulted.
Predators in cars parked outside bars or restaurants “jump in front of the actual Uber driver and they will take someone unsuspecting to their home. And that’s a way of putting someone at risk, and in this case that’s exactly what’s alleged to have happened,” Dow said.
Dow urged Uber users to make sure they are getting in the car of the correct driver by verifying the license plate and other information provided to clients.
Dow says detectives are looking for potential witnesses and trying to determine if there are additional victims in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties northwest of Los Angeles.
We won’t advise ladies to start taking taxis, because a few illegal immigrants have been known to drive those too. Take the train!