Sher­iff: Lyft driver ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault of fe­male rider in Nipomo

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY MATT FOUN­TAIN

Sher­iff’s Of­fice of­fi­cials say a Lyft driver from Lom­poc sex­u­ally as­saulted an un­con­scious fe­male rider af­ter walk­ing her into her home early Sun­day.

Ja­son La­mont Fen­wick, 51, was ar­rested Thurs­day on sus­pi­cion of oral cop­u­la­tion with an in­tox­i­cated vic­tim, sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with a for­eign ob­ject with an in­tox­i­cated vic­tim, and bur­glary, the San Luis Obispo County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said in a news re­lease early Thurs­day evening.

Fen­wick was listed on the County Jail web­site as be­ing ad­di­tion­ally be­ing booked on sus­pi­cion of us­ing a de­vice to see through cloth­ing. He was be­ing held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, de­tec­tives with the Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s Sex­ual As­sault Unit re­sponded Sun­day to a re­port of a sex­ual as­sault that had oc­curred at a home in Nipomo. The al­leged vic­tim re­port­edly told au­thor­i­ties that a Lyft driver drove her to her res­i­dence in Nipomo af­ter re­quest­ing the ride share ser­vice when she be­came too in­tox­i­cated to drive home.

The driver helped the woman in­side the home be­cause of her in­tox­i­ca­tion, where the Sher­iff’s Of­fice says she be­came un­con­scious and was sex­u­ally as­saulted by the driver.

Af­ter the driver was

iden­ti­fied as Fen­wick, he was ar­rested Thurs­day.

Fen­wick was a Lyft driver for more than a year, work­ing in San Luis Obispo and Santa Bar­bara coun­ties, the re­lease said.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice is ask­ing the pub­lic to iden­tify any other pos­si­ble vic­tims.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s De­tec­tive Di­vi­sion at 805-7814500.

The ar­rest of the Lyft driver comes af­ter the San Luis Obispo County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice charged Santa Maria res­i­dent Al­fonso Alar­conNunez, a driver for Uber, with four sex­ual as­saults in San Luis Obispo County. That case is on­go­ing.

Matt Foun­tain: 781-7909, @mat­tfoun­tain1

Ja­son Fen­wick

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