A woman says she has been left terrified after her Uber driver allegedly choked and sexually assaulted her.
The unnamed victim, 51, ordered the cab around 4:AM for an early shift at work but once inside it’s claimed the driver quizzed her on her sex life before driving her to a dark street in Santa Ana, LA where he launched the sex attack.
Uber driver Jason Rodas, 30, has been arrested in connection with the incident and is being held on $1 million bails following sexual assault, kidnapping, and rape charges.
Officers were able to quickly find and arrest him thanks to the Uber system, cops said.
The woman says she is terrified that the driver now knows where she lives, according to CBSLA.
She told cops that after getting into the Uber in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the driver then began asking her lewd questions about her sex life.
He then turned the Uber app off and told her the ride was free, she said.
According to California cops, he then drove her the intersection of Pine Street and Minnie Street, with one local saying he “couldn’t imagine a worse street” to end up on in the small hours.
Rodas then placed the woman in a chokehold, strangling her, and attempted to rape her after sexually assaulting her Santa Ana Police force said.
A local security guard heard the woman’s screams as she desperately fought off the attacker, and came to her rescue.
Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony said: This individual was brazen in his act.
He chased her. He choked her out to where she passed out, adding cops are concerned there could be more victims and are appealing for anyone with more information to come forward.
Brian Ruiz, who lives in the area described the woman as lucky.
He said: Once it gets dark if the suspect would have not done anything to he, then someone else could have probably done something to her.
And Uber said in a statement: What’s been described is horrific and something no one should have to experience.
We stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement and appreciate their swift investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers on 1-855-TIP-OCCS or Detective Julio Gallardo at 714-245-8378 or [email protected]–ana.org.