Uber Driver Accused Of Taking Advantage Of Intoxicated Women
An undocumented man used his job as an Uber driver to prey on intoxicated young women, and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four different victims, according to California prosecutors.
Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole their property which commonly included items like cellphones, computers and jewelry. He also made sure to collect his fare payments through Venmo rather than the actual Uber app in order to to disguise his identity and driving records. DNA evidence helped lead detectives to Alfonso, who was arrested at his Santa Maria home last week.
The alleged crimes occurred over a four week span that began in the middle of December in San Luis Obispo, Caliofornia. Alarcon-Nunez’s four victims are all very young, between 19 and 22. Three of the women were intoxicated at the time the crimes were committed.
The 39-year-old is facing 10 criminal charges, which includes rape of an intoxicated victim and first-degree burglary. He pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment, and remains held in the San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $1.47 million. His will be in court for another hearing set for January 29. Detectives are looking for potential witnesses and trying to determine if there are additional victims.
The Uber spokesman, Andrew Hasbun, released a statement about the situation on Monday saying, “What police have reported is absolutely horrifying, and something no person should ever have to experience. We have been working with law enforcement to provide them with information for their investigation, and the driver has been permanently removed from the app.”
Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez could face life in prison if convicted on all charges.