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Police Seek Uber Driver Suspected in Sexual Assault of UC Riverside Student

Police Tuesday have identified and are seeking the rideshare driver suspected in the sexual assault of a University of California, Riverside student last week after he dropped her off at her apartment complex on campus.

Campus police have issued a warrant for Jamaal Andrew Lee, 41, of Moreno Valley, the Uber driver who picked up the female victim from an off-campus location before the alleged assault took place.

It was reported at 2:47 a.m. Sunday, May 14, at the school's The Plaza apartments, located at 1020 Linden Street, UC Riverside police said Monday.

"The suspect was an app-based transportation service driver who drove her to her residence from another location within the city of Riverside," campus police said in a statement.

Lee may be driving a white 2004 Ford Explorer with a California license plate 6AOG427. 

UC Riverside Police Department
The suspect may be driving a 2004 Ford Explorer with California license plate No. 6AOG427.

Initially, campus police did not reveal the rideshare service. However, NBC4 reached out to an Uber spokesman, who said the driver was banned shortly after the incident was reported.

The company also said it does not tolerate any sexual conduct and has been cooperating with police.

"What the rider reported is appalling. We will continue to work with police on the investigation. The driver has been banned from Uber," the Uber spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Riverside students, cautious of their surroundings after news of the incident came out, said they frequently use ridesharing services. Some students depend on them because they don't have cars on campus.

"At the end of the day you don't know who that person is," Lorenzo Santamaria said. "They just came to pick you up with their cars."

NBC4's Hetty Chang and Marin Austin contributed to this report.

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