Lyft Driver Arrested in Sexual Battery in Emeryville

A Lyft driver was arrested in Emeryville last week after a female passenger reported a sexual battery occurred during her ride, according to Emeryville police.

Bipin Thapa, 22, of El Cerrito was arrested Thursday at an Emeryville hotel in the 5800 block Shellmound Street, where he dropped off the victim, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Officers responded to the hotel about 4:35 p.m. Thursday and met with the victim, who told them a Lyft driver had picked her up after she requested a ride to the hotel, police said. During the drive, the victim alleged a sexual battery occurred. Officers located Thapa, who had returned to the hotel and took him into custody.

Anyone who has had a similar experience should contact the Emeryville Police Department at 510-596-3700.

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