New alleged sexual assault involving Uber driver under investigation in SA


Sep 30, 2016, 9:11am CDT

A new case of alleged sexual assault potentially involving an Uber TechnologiesInc. driver — reported within San Antonio's city limits recently — is being investigated by police, the city of San Antonio confirmed.

Further details about the newest case were not immediately available, and authorities declined comment, saying that the investigation is active.

Drivers using the Uber or Lyft Inc. mobile apps are independent contractors and not employees of those companies, and drivers often apply to work with more than one company. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing app companies that connect riders with available riders are operating in San Antonio under a pilot program that expires Oct. 31.

A representative of Uber said the company routinely cooperates with police and employs former law enforcement officers that deal with such situations.

"We do take allegations like this very seriously and wouldn't hesitate to remove a driver's access to Uber, pending an investigation," Uber spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said in a recent email.

The news comes on the heels of a memo released this week, in which the San Antonio Police Department described other alleged sexual assault cases that were dismissed for various reasons.

Uber did not respond when asked whether the suspects accused of inappropriate sexual advances in two cases reported in Alamo Heights have had their access to the mobile app limited, and if they currently can use the tool to pick up riders around Bexar County.

One of the drivers accused of unwanted sexual advances — to the point of the driver allegedly attempting to follow the passenger into her home — used the Uber app, according to an Alamo Heights police report obtained by the San Antonio Business Journal. The victim showed police her smartphone, which contained the route and driver information, and called Uber to file a complaint.

The city of San Antonio did not immediately respond when asked whether the two Alamo Heights suspects were fingerprinted as part of the voluntary database created by the San Antonio Police Department.