MATTHEWS, NC - On October 15, police arrested Vicente Diaz-Gomez, 45, after interviewing a woman at Novant Health Medical Center.
Uber driver Diaz-Gomez reportedly assaulted the woman inside his vehicle around 6 a.m., after she hailed a ride from the ride-sharing service.
Diaz-Gomez was charged with second-degree rape. He was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Diaz-Gomez is in the country illegally.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden refuses to enforce U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers, Diaz-Gomez was released less than nine and a half hours after his arrest, after coming up with 10 percent of his bail (to pay a bail-bonding service.
Though Uber claims there has been nearly a 40 percent reduction in sexual assaults committed by their drivers since 2017, the number of incidents remains very high.
In July, CNBC reported:
Uber said it received 3,824 reports of the five most severe categories of sexual assault in 2019 and 2020, ranging from “non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part” to “non-consensual sexual penetration,” or rape.
Obviously, Uber continues to hire those here illegally and other foreign nationals who pose a tremendous flight risk, and by their status in this country, represent severe challenges in conducting pre-employment background checks.
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