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Uber driver allegedly sexually assaults sleeping, drunk passenger

Uber driver allegedly sexually assaults sleeping, drunk passenger

They fear there might be more victims out there.

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide division say Alaric Spence picked up a 24-year-old female passenger in downtown Los Angeles. The woman, who had been drinking, passed out in the vehicle.

Spence drove the victim to a motel along Lankershim Boulevard instead of her home, where he allegedly raped her. He allegedly sexually assaulted her and left her there.

At around 2:15am, a woman in her thirties was collected by an Uber driver in Northbridge.

Spence is being held on $1,000,000 bail. Investigators say they have surveillance video of the suspect carrying the victim into the hotel.

Spence had been an Uber driver for six months and has prior drug-related convictions.

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Authorities are investigating whether Spence assaulted other people. "He actually carried the young lady into the hotel room and assaulted her".

She was intoxicated and unconscious when she was sexually assaulted, prosecutors allege, adding that when the woman woke up, she told police what happened. "To do something that brazen ... in my investigators' and my opinion ... we believe it is something he has done before ..."

A 28-year-old Nollamara man has been charged with unlawful and indecent assault and deprivation of liberty. He is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 225 pounds, driving a 2015 silver four-door Nissan Sentra with California license plate 7XUX293. "And a lot of people tend not to report it immediately".

Police have notified Uber management and the Department of Transport of the arrest.

Uber says it is cooperating with the investigation and has permanently banned Spence.

In January, state legislators enacted a law that forbids companies including Uber and Lyft from hiring drivers who are registered sex offenders, have been convicted of violent felonies or have had a DUI conviction within the last seven years.


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