A 24-year-old woman has been taken in custody at the San Francisco Jail after she coughed on an Uber driver’s face , ripping off his mask.
Arna Kimiai has been charged with attempted robbery and assault.
It was on 7th March when after her dispute with the Uber driver, an arrest warrant was put out for robbery ,assault and batery, conspiracy and violation of Covid-19 health and safety code.
As per the Local news reports , the charges of robbery and conspiracy were dropped
As soon as one of the other passengers named, Malaysia King who was in the car with her was caught in Las Vegas, Kimiai decides to surrender herself to the police.
There is no further information for her robbery charge, but her bond is set at whooping $75,000 (£54,000). Currently she is on bail and is on hold for her upcoming court date.
Footage of the incident, which soon went viral on social media, shows a group of women arguing with the driver, soon after Kimiai was seen deliberately coughing on the Uber driver’s face.
Before she had handed herself in, Lt.Tracy McCray who heads the San Francisco Police Department said: “The behaviour captured on video in this incident showed a callous disregard for the safety and wellbeing of an essential service worker in the midst of a deadly pandemic.”
On the police statement it is said that the Uber driver had picked up three female passengers at San Bruno Avenue and Felton Street at approximately 12.45pm.
“A few minutes later, the driver stopped the vehicle and ended the ride when he realized that one of the passengers was not wearing a mask in compliance with state and local public health orders for Covid-19,” the statement explained.
“The driver said that he could not continue the fare unless all passengers were wearing their masks.
“An altercation ensued, largely captured on video, and one of the passengers reached over the driver from the rear seat area and stole the driver’s cellphone.
“The victim grabbed and eventually regained possession of his phone. The suspects then exited the vehicle, and another passenger reached into an open window and sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray into the car towards the driver.
“The suspects fled the scene. SFPD’s Robbery Unit took over the investigation and identified two suspects soon after, Ms. Kimiai and Ms. King.
“We take this conduct very seriously in San Francisco, and we’re committed to ensuring that justice is done in this case.”