An Uber driver was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a customer in Santa Ana and a domestic-related attack in Garden Grove.
Jason Rodas, 30, of Garden Grove, is charged with single counts of kidnapping to commit a sex offense, assault with intent to commit a sex offense, attempted forcible rape and criminal threats, and two counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Arraignment for the defendant, who’s being held on $1 million bail, was rescheduled to Oct. 2 in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana.
A 51-year-old woman called the ride-hailing service about 4 a.m. Wednesday to get to work, police said.
Rodas responded to the call, but after picking her up and while en route to her destination, he told the woman that he would not charge her for the ride, police said.
He asked “several questions about her sex life,” which frightened the woman, and when she demanded he just take her to work, he threatened to throw her out of the car if she called police, police allege.
Rodas drove the woman to 300 S. Minnie St., where she jumped out of the car and tried to run away, but he caught her, then choked and sexually assaulted her, police allege.
He was arrested several hours after the alleged attack.
Rodas is also accused in a domestic violence case in Garden Grove. A 37-year-old woman in an “on-again, off-again relationship” with the defendant alleged he choked her on Aug. 1, and began issuing a slew of threats on social media and in text messages from Sept. 1-4, according to Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney.
Investigators asked anyone who may have relevant information about Rodas to call Detective Julio Gallardo at 714-245-8378 or email email@example.com. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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