An illegal immigrant from Mexico is facing 10 felony charges related to his alleged rape and robbery of at least four California women, the district attorney’s office announced Monday.
Authorities arrested 39-year-old Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez, who also worked as an Uber driver, earlier in January for the crimes, reports KSBY.
Alarcon-Nunez pleaded not guilty to his charges, which include oral copulation of an intoxicated victim, first degree burglary and rape of an intoxicated victim, among others. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office warned that Alarcon-Nunez might have targeted other victims as well.
Alarcon-Nunez came back to the United States from Mexico illegally after he was voluntarily deported in 2005.
He reportedly picked his victims by trying to give them rides as an Uber driver as the women came out of parties. Searching for drunk women, Alarcon-Nunez would drive them home, where he would allegedly assault the women and then rob them. In an attempt to hide his identity, he would ask for payment through his Venmo account, where he was listed as “Brush Bat.”
“Predators like we have in this case, can come and beat the actual driver to the scene, pick up the unsuspected person, and take them to their homes and like we had here happen,” said Dan Dow, SLO County District Attorney.
Alarcon-Nunez’s alleged victims were all college students between 19 and 22 years of age. While Alarcon-Nunez was not always driving as an Uber driver when reportedly targeting women, Dow pointed out that the case showed Uber’s need for better driver screening.
“What police have reported is absolutely horrifying, and something no person should ever have to experience. We have been working with law enforcement to provide them with information for their investigation, and the driver has been permanently removed from the app,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.
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