A woman involved in the alleged assault of an Uber driver in San Francisco, as seen in video footage, has turned herself into authorities on Sunday and has posted bail, her lawyer said.
The suspect, Arna Kimiai, turned herself in at San Francisco’s women’s jail at around 7:00 p.m. and posted a $75,000 bond, Seth Morris, her lawyer, said. Authorities are charging Kimiai with first-degree robbery, battery on a transit employee or passenger, violation of health and safety codes, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
“We coordinated her surrender with Sgt. Tony Santos of SFPD so it could be handled peacefully and expeditiously. Ms Kimiai acted appropriately and responsibly when she found out she had a warrant for her arrest, coordinating her peaceful surrender through her legal counsel and the San Francisco Police Department,” said Morris.
Residents have also opened up a GoFundMe account to support the driver, Subhakar Khadka, victimized by Kimiai and her colleagues. As of Sunday evening, the account has raised more than $95,000, which Khadka said he would use for legal actions and to support his family.
Khadka shared video footage of the incident, which showed the three women inside his vehicle, coughing on him and refusing to wear face masks. During the encounter, Khadka says, “If you’re not getting out here, I’m going to stop in the middle of the freeway.”
Kimiai could be seen coughing on Khadka’s back without a mask and attempting to grab his phone on the front portion of the car. She also grabs the driver’s face mask and rips it off his face. After the three suspects leave the car, they pepper spray Khadka through the small opening left in the passenger seat window, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Another suspect, Malaysia King, was arrested in Las Vegas for identity theft after attempting to take money from a bank account using a fake ID. King was charged with assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery, conspiracy, and violations of a health code, said police.