Angel Sanchez. Photo: Santa Ana Police Department
Angel Sanchez. Photo: Santa Ana Police Department

An Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger has been arrested, and Santa Ana authorities said they believe there may be other victims.

Angel Sanchez, the 37-year-old driver, was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman on the evening of March 30 in Santa Ana. The victim had been drinking at a party with friends, and told police that she used a ride-share service to get home.

Sanchez, who lives in Costa Mesa and had been an Uber driver for a little over a year, picked her up in a gray 2016 Toyota Sienna, where the victim claims she was unconscious and woke up to him assaulting her near Euclid Avenue and E. 22nd Street, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

After the assault in the van, the woman said she ran from the suspect’s vehicle and immediately called the police.

Uber helped law enforcement officials track down the driver, police said, and the company issued the following statement:

“What the rider has reported to police is deeply troubling and will not be tolerated. The driver has been banned from the app. We will continue to support police with their investigation.”

Uber officials noted that no related negative feedback about the driver had been submitted.

Law enforcement officials said they believe there may be more victims because of the way the alleged assault was committed on someone who was vulnerable and unconscious.

Sanchez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to Orange County jail records. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Central Jail Court.

Santa Ana police detectives asked anyone who may have witnessed Sanchez commit this or other sexual assaults to call (714) 245-8412.

–City News Service

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