A new Uber driver has been arrested for allegedly raping a lesbian cab driver in a case that has shocked the LGBT community.
The 21-year-old Uber driver was arrested by the San Francisco police and charged with one count of rape, two counts of sexual battery and one count each of sexual coercion, sexual exploitation and sexual penetration.
The victim, who cannot be named because of the nature of the investigation, says she met the driver at a nightclub in San Francisco’s Chinatown and that he was a friend.
The suspect told her he would pick her up at a bar and that she should sit down on the floor of the cab, she said in an affidavit.
He drove the cab to her hotel room and had sex with her, the affidavit said.
The woman told police she felt uncomfortable, but that she decided to call the police after the driver sexually assaulted her.
She then left the room and reported the incident to the Uber driver, who called police and began to drive her to a police station, according to the affidavit.
When she arrived at the police station in San Jose, she told police the driver threatened to kill her if she did not come to him, the document said.
He then pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot her if he did not agree to give her money, the woman said in the affidavit, which was provided to Reuters by the police department.
She told police that the driver took her into his room, sexually assaulted and then drove her to his hotel room, where he forced her to perform oral sex, the report said.
Police arrested the suspect on Friday and are working with prosecutors to charge him with the three sex crimes.
The woman said she is not an Uber driver and did not know her driver was the suspect.
The company does not comment on investigations.
In a statement to Reuters, Uber said it takes the safety of our drivers very seriously.
We have an active sexual assault investigation that we are working to thoroughly address and we take any allegations of misconduct very seriously, the statement said.
“This incident does not reflect our values or how we treat each other.
We take the safety and well-being of our riders and drivers very serious and are committed to providing them with a safe, reliable, and inclusive experience.”
Reuters contributed to this report