Woman Sexually Assaulted by Rideshare Driver Near UC Riverside Apartments

A woman reported she was sexually assaulted by her rideshare driver after he gave her a ride to her apartment complex near the University of California, Riverside, campus police said Monday.

The alleged assault was reported at 2:47 a.m. Sunday, May 14, at the school's The Plaza apartments, located at 1020 Linden Street.

"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.

Campus police have not named the ridesharing 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."

Campus police released a statement Monday night stating they were making progress with the investigation and will release updates as soon as possible.

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