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Uber Driver Arrested For Grabbing USC Student's Butt
A woman used a campus safety app to call for help when her Uber driver grabbed her butt, ultimately leading to the driver's arrest. A student at USC called for an Uber on Saturday night. The driver took her to the University Park neighborhood near 30th Street as she requested, but when she went to get out of the car, the driver allegedly grabbed her butt, the L.A. Times reports.
The student used the app LiveSafe USCTrojan Mobile Safety to alert authorities. The app is available for students and staff at the school and allows them to contact police with one tap. Police can then use the app to track the individual's location, and the caller can then speak or text with 9-1-1. Students can also choose to share their location with friends.
After the student launched the app, campus police went to where she was. Meanwhile, LAPD found the Uber driver, 24-year-old Rodney Davis, and arrested him on suspicion of sexual battery after the student and a witness identified him.
Davis drove for both Uber and Lyft. A spokesperson for Lyft said that his account has been deactivated, and an Uber spokesperson said they also deactivated his account and are working with police.
The app came out last year, and students have been able to use it for a number of things, including reporting illegal activity and even asking for directions. About 12,000 students have downloaded the app so far, NBC LA reports.