Disturbing New Details About The Uber Driver In The U.S. Illegally Who Was Found Guilty Of Raping 4 California Women

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Disturbing New Details About The Uber Driver In U.S. Illegally Who Raped 4 Women
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He used his job to find victims.

A Mexican Uber driver living in the U.S. illegally was charged Monday with raping, assaulting, and robbing at least four intoxicated women who used the car service.

Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez was arrested last week at his home in Santa Maria after DNA evidence led police to him, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said at a news conference.

Authorities said Alarcon-Nunez used his job as an Uber driver to target drunken women. He drove the women to their homes, raped and assaulted them, and stole items from them, including jewelry, cell phones, and computers.

In order to hide his identity, Alarcon-Nunez had the women pay him through the Venmo app. Prosecutors said he used the fake name “Bruno Diaz” and his Venmo username was “Brush Bat.”

Dow said that though Alarcon-Nunez didn't use his job to pick up all of his victims, Uber should focus on a more in-depth screening process for its drivers. He also urged Uber users to make sure they are getting in the correct car by verifying the license plate and other information.

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"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," Dow said.

"People sometimes jump in front of the actual Uber driver and they will take someone unsuspecting to their home. And that’s a way of putting someone at risk, and in this case, that’s exactly what’s alleged to have happened,” according to Dow.

Dow said that authorities are trying to find witnesses and trying to determine if these four women are Alarcon-Nunez’s only victims.

"We actually have evidence that we've obtained in this case, some forensic cyber evidence with information that causes us to know that there are other victims out here," Dow said.

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The women were between the ages of 19 and 22 and three said they were intoxicated when Alarcon-Nunez assaulted them. The alleged crimes took place in San Luis Obispo in December and January.

According to officials, Alarcon-Nunez was voluntarily deported from New Mexico in 2005 but came back to the U.S. illegally. Dow said he didn't know any details about his deportation or if Alarcon-Nunez has a criminal history in the States.

Alarcon-Nunez faces 10 criminal charges, including forcible rape, rape of an intoxicated victim, oral copulation of an intoxicated victim and first-degree burglary. His status as an undocumented immigrant won’t affect his trial, Dow said, and he could spend life in prison if convicted on all 10 felonies.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday and is being detained on a $1.47 million bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

"What police have reported is absolutely horrifying, and something no person should ever have to experience,” an Uber spokeswoman told KSBY. “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." 

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