By Faiz Siddiqui November 28, 2017
Police arrested 37-year-old Cristian Zelada-Avalo, of Manassas, in connection with the sexual assault of a 22-year-old Uber passenger. (Prince William County Police)
Police say a 22-year-old woman was pinned down and sexually assaulted in an Uber Saturday after hailing a ride from Manassas, Va., to her home in Woodbridge, Va.
Prince William County police identified the driver as Cristian Yovani Zelada-Avalo, 37, and arrested him Tuesday on charges of object sexual penetration and abduction with intent to defile.
According to police, Zelada-Avalo picked up the woman at 3:15 a.m. Saturday after she requested a ride home through the app. At some point during the trip, police said, Zelada-Avalo “held the victim down” and sexually assaulted her.
The woman text messaged an acquaintance to meet her at home when she arrived in Woodbridge.
“When the victim arrived at her home, she was able to get away from the accused who then left the area,” police said.
Police identified Zelada-Avalo in the ensuing days and found him at his home near Ginny Way and Shannon Lane in a Manassas subdivision. He was arrested Tuesday, charged and held without bond, police said.
An Uber spokesman said Zelada-Avalo had been driving for the app for eight months.