Woman arrested after video shared by San Francisco Uber driver

Woman arrested after video shared by San Francisco driver
The Uber driver said an "altercation" occurred after he asked a passenger to wear a face mask. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A woman accused of refusing to wear a mask in an Uber taxi and then assaulting the driver with pepper spray in San Francisco has been arrested.

Police said, Malaysia King, 24, is facing several charges including “assault with a caustic chemical”.

Ms King is one of three passengers captured in dashcam footage, one of whom appears to cough over the driver.

A second suspect, 24-year-old Arna Kimiai had informed police that she would hand herself in, police said.

Lt Tracy McCray of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) said: “We’re glad to hear that Ms Kimiai intends to do the right thing. We hope it happens promptly.”

The SFPD said that with the help of Los Angeles police officers, Ms King was arrested on Thursday. The other charges that she faces include violating the city’s health and safety laws and “assault and battery”.

It said the investigation into the incident on 7 March was ongoing.

Allegations made by 32-year-old Uber driver Subhakar Khadka include the refusal by his passengers to wear a face mask when requested, an attempt by one of the suspects to steal his mobile phone and the possible use of pepper spray, police said.

Restrictions in place in San Francisco to help prevent the spread of coronavirus include wearing a mask “to cover your mouth and nose” when within 2m of someone who is not a member of your household, and when using public or “business” transportation.

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