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American woman arrested for assaulting Uber driver with face mask

SAN FRANCISCO: A woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of pepper spraying an Uber driver in San Francisco who coughed and cursed after asking a passenger to wear a mask, police said.
Malaysia King, 24, was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery and other charges. She was being held without bail. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney to speak on her behalf.
Arna Kimiai, 24, also wanted in connection with Saturday’s attack, has indicated through an attorney that she intends to surrender soon, according to a statement from the San Francisco Police Department. .
“The behavior captured on video during this incident showed a callous disregard for the safety and well-being of an essential service worker in the midst of a deadly pandemic,” said Lt. Tracy McCray, who leads the detail. police department thefts, in the statement.
Uber driver Subhakar Khadkas was attacked in Bayview district after arresting three women. When he noticed a woman not wearing a mask, Khadkas stopped the ride and told passengers he could not continue, police said.

A video then shows the women seated in the back berating Khadka, using profanity as the car is stopped on the shoulder of a highway. At one point, the maskless woman coughs on him, grabs his cell phone from the center of the dashboard area, and rips off his face mask.
Khadka told KPIX-TV on Tuesday that after the women got out of the car, another woman sprayed him with pepper spray through the front passenger window.
Khadka says he had to get out of his car as it became difficult to breathe.
“I never said anything bad to them, I never swore, I wasn’t raised that way,” Khadka said.
Khadka said he believed he was attacked because he was a South Asian immigrant. He came to the United States eight years ago and works hard to support his family in Nepal.
Uber said in a statement Thursday that it had banned all three passengers. “Uber does not condone racism or hatred in any form against any community,” the statement said.

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