TEMECULA – When does a regular Uber ride turn into a ride of terror? In this case, it’s when you are being ferried in a carjacked car, driven by a sexual predator.
It started out innocently enough. “The victim was waiting for a ride-s0haring service driver at a gas station in Pala when a vehicle arrived, and the male driver stated he was her ride,” said Riverside Sheriff Sergeant Edmond Seltzer.
When the woman hopped in, she soon realized that she had landed in a thicket of terror. “After getting in the vehicle it became apparent to the victim the driver was not a ride sharing service driver and asked to be let out of the vehicle,” said Sgt. Seltzer.
“The driver refused to let the adult female out and sexually assaulted the victim while in the city of Temecula. The victim was able to exit the vehicle on Temecula Pkwy and immediately called 911.”
Temecula Sheriff’s Station Deputies quickly arrived on scene on July 14th at about 8:30pm to an adult female’s report of a kidnapping and sexual assault in the area of Temecula Pkwy and Redhawk Pkwy.
During the investigation, a carjacking reported Saturday July 13th in the city of Moreno Valley, pointed to the ride-sharing poseur. The alleged suspect was identified as Luis Fernando Alba of Moreno Valley.
For orchestrating this tangle in Unincorporated Pala (San Diego County) and Temecula, the poseur was arrested on Monday, July 15th for the alleged July 13th carjacking of the vehicle he’d used to kidnap and sexually assault his victim.