Woman Arrested After Allegedly Spraying Pepper, Coughing On California Uber Driver
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A woman accused of assaulting an Uber driver in San Francisco has been arrested, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
Officials on Thursday said the Las Vegas Police Department arrested the 24-year-old King of Malaysia.
Police say another suspect, Arna Kimiai, 24, has yet to be arrested, but according to her legal counsel she is considering surrendering.
“We are happy to hear that Ms. Kimiai intends to do the right thing and come to the
nearest law enforcement agency, and hopefully that will happen soon, ”said Lt.Tracy McCray,
who is running the details of the theft from the San Francisco Police Department. “The behavior captured on
video in this incident showed a callous disregard for the safety and well-being of an essential
duty worker in the midst of a deadly pandemic. We take this conduct very seriously in San
Francisco, and we are committed to ensuring that justice is served in this case.
At approximately 1:16 p.m. on March 7, police responded to the intersection of San Bruno Avenue and Bacon Street after receiving a report of a 32-year-old Uber driver being assaulted by two female passengers.
The victim said he picked up three passengers at around 12:45 pm A few minutes after the start of the trip, the victim noticed that a passenger was not wearing a mask and stopped the trip.
When the driver said he could not continue the journey until all passengers were wearing masks, that was when an altercation occurred, which was filmed, according to the police.
The passengers eventually got out of the vehicle and one of them reached out the window and sprayed what was believed to be pepper spray on the driver. They then fled.
Malaysia King was arrested on an arrest warrant for assault with a caustic chemical, bodily harm, conspiracy and violation of the health and safety code.
This remains an active investigation. If you have any information, you are welcome to call the SFPD advice line at (415) 575-4444 or tip TIP411 and start the text message with SFPD.