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Palo Alto police arrest Uber driver for alleged sex crimes

Man accused of groping, stalking passenger outside Palo Alto Hills home

A Redwood City driver for transportation company Uber is accused of sexually battering and stalking a passenger over the weekend, according to Palo Alto police.

Pedro Liborio-Anorve, 35, was hired to drive a Palo Alto couple home on Saturday, Oct. 29. He dropped them off at their house near Los Trancos and Alpine roads at about 11 p.m., police said.

The passengers soon realized, however, that they'd left a cell phone in the car and called Liborio-Anorve to ask him to bring it back. According to police, when he arrived and the wife went to retrieve the phone, he allegedly kissed her and groped her breast. She pushed him away, he drove off and the couple reported the incident to Uber, the police press release states.

At about 12:25 a.m., the woman allegedly received a call from Liborio-Anorve stating that he was outside the home. She told him to go away and called the police, but when officers arrived, Liborio-Anorve had left.

Officers tracked him down at his Redwood City home and arrested him shortly before 4 a.m. on Oct. 30. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for sexual battery (a felony) and stalking (a misdemeanor).

Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident call the dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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3 people like this
Posted by Tang
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 2, 2016 at 11:09 am

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11 people like this
Posted by PA Grandma
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

So some of my friends use Uber and ask me why I don't, and won't. This is why. Until all the Uber drivers have background checks, are fingerprinted and are licensed in the same way regular taxi service drivers are, and Uber has massive comprehensive insurance coverage I will not touch them with a 10 ft pole.


6 people like this
Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Disgusted is a registered user.

This is why I use Lyft...

After three bad experiences with Uber, I switched.

Lyft cars are cleaner, drivers seem to be better screened.

Only a tiny bit more expensive, but worth it!


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