Uber driver allegedly hunted intoxicated women, sexually assaulted four students

Uber users are being warned to make sure the driver who picks them up is the same one shown on the app, after an Uber driver allegedly sexually assaulted four female students in the San Luis Obispo area.

Uber driver Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez, 39, allegedly used Uber’s system to scout potential victims seeking a ride, then nipped in before the selected driver arrived to make the pickup, authorities said.

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“He targeted highly intoxicated women returning from parties and downtown San Luis Obispo,” said Sophia Mathews, spokeswoman for the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney.

Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez (San Luis Obispo County District Attorney)

Three of the women attacked were Cal Poly students and one was a Cuesta College student. Two were 19, one 21 and one 22. The women were assaulted in December and January, with the most recent incident Jan. 14, The Tribune in San Luis Obispo reported.

Alarcon-Nunez is suspected of driving the women to their homes and assaulting them there, Mathews said.

He pleaded not guilty on Jan. 22 to charges including raping an intoxicated person and grand theft of personal property.

The accused is alleged to have used payment app Venmo to hinder any investigation. Police “initially didn’t realize the four cases were connected,” a representative of the San Luis Obispo Country District Attorney’s office told The Tribune.

Alarcon-Nunez also drove for Uber in Santa Barbara and elsewhere, leading authorities to believe he may have more victims, Mathews said. Another reported victim has come forward since Alarcon-Nunez was arrested, Mathews said.

“We believe that there are going to be several more out there,” she said.

A Mexican citizen, Alarcon-Nunez was in the country illegally, the District Attorney said in a Jan. 22 media advisory. He was deported from New Mexico in 2005, Mathews said, adding that he had a California driver’s license, which can be legally obtained by an undocumented immigrant.

Uber did not immediately respond to questions about its screening process for drivers and the allegations against Alarcon-Nunez.

The District Attorney’s office warned users of ride-sharing services to make sure the information from the service matches that of the driver and car that comes for the pickup.

 

Photo: The logo of the ride sharing service Uber is seen in front of its headquarters in 2016 in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

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  • trinoboy1

    Looks more arab muslim than mexican. just sayin.

  • Fact checker

    So, the Democrats shut down our government to protect THIS guy????

    • mytwocents

      No. The Democrats’ hold-out was over DACA and the Dreamers, which most Americans support.

      • Fact checker

        60% of Americans, which includes Democrats, are against DACA and want some solid rules set up to end illegal immigration. The Democrat leadership wants OPEN BORDERS.

  • Thelip95032

    so über doesn’t use e-verify. These are the kind of people the Democrats say should be allowed to be in the country illegally.

  • mytwocents

    He’s a citizen of Mexico, and he was deported from his own country? How does that work??

 
 
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