Garden Grove Uber Driver Arrested In Passenger Sexual Assault

GARDEN GROVE, CA — An Uber driver suspected of sexually assaulting a 51-year-old woman in Santa Ana was behind bars Thursday.

The woman called the ride-sharing service about 4 a.m. Wednesday to get to work, police said. Uber driver Jason Rodas, 51, of Garden Grove, responded to the call, but after picking her up and while en route to her destination he told the woman he would “do it for no charge,” police said.

Rodas asked the woman “several questions about her sex life,” which frightened the woman, police said.

When she demanded he just take her to work, he threatened to throw her out of the car if she called police, according to police.

Rodas eventually drove the woman to 300 S. Minnie St., where the victim “bailed out of the car and tried to run away.” The suspect caught her and choked her before sexually assaulting her, police alleged.

Evidence at the scene led Santa Ana Police Detectives to Roadas’s home. Officers served a search warrant at his residence to recover additional evidence. Rodas was arrested hours after the attack, and booked at the Santa Ana Jail for several sexual assault charges including kidnapping with the intent to commit rape. His bail was set at $1,000,000.00.

Investigators asked the public to call if they had any other relevant information about Rodas. The public was asked to call Detective Julio Gallardo at 714-245-8378 or email [email protected] Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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