Uber passenger accused of raping driver

AUSTIN - A 32-year-old man has been charged after police said his Uber driver accused him of raping her late last month.

According to an affidavit of arrest, Eric Alvarado was picked up by the Uber driver on Aug. 27 at 12:26 a.m. on his way to 2602 Gaudalupe Street, the address of Jack's Hostel.

The Uber driver told police that during the ride, Alvarado said he had not had sex in a long time and that he was excited about having sex with someone. He allegedly told her he had 10 beers to drink. At some point, he told her he had something to show her before he pulled out his penis and forced her hand on top of it.

The driver told police that Alvarado forcefully told her to turn off the app and once she did so, he said "she could now stay with him and have sex," the affidavit said. Despite her saying no and trying to give excuses, she told police he eventually pulled her into the backseat and sexually assaulted her. She told police she was "scared to death" and "paralyzed," and so she followed orders.

After the alleged sexual assault ended, he then walked into the hostel. 

About an hour later, the driver reported the incident to police. Police later reviewed surveillance video from outside the building, which reflected the driver's account of what happened.

Alvarado faces a charge of sexual assault, a second degree felony.

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