AUSTIN, TX - A Lyft driver was accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman he gave a ride home to in 2015. Angel Interial, 36, was booked into the Williamson County Jail on Monday.
The victim came forward to police in July 2015, saying a Lyft driver sexually assaulted her after she spent the night out drinking with friends.
A friend requested Lyft and Interial gave the woman a ride from downtown Austin.
The victim told police that before she took the ride she was “in and out” and didn’t remember everything that happened, according to an affidavit in the arrest warrant. She does remember waking up in the car to a sharp pain on her breast.
“[The victim] opened her eyes and saw Angel with his head in her chest,” the arrest warrant stated. She passed out again and woke up the next morning in her bed. She couldn’t find her keys or one of her earrings, and she felt sore and had bruises on her body.
The victim tried to piece together what happened by looking at her phone. She saw she had texted her daughter to let her in around 12:05 a.m., and she also sent a text to the friend who called the Lyft, saying she was “alive,” according to the affidavit.
She walked outside and found her keys inside her front door, with the earring hanging from them. “[The victim] felt as if the Lyft driver, Angel, had put her earring on the key ring and put her keys in the door because she was too intoxicated to do so,” the arrest warrant stated.
Investigators only recently received notification that the DNA testing was complete. According to the affidavit, the DNA results were a match with Interial.
Interial faces a second-degree felony sexual assault charge. His bond was set at $60,000.
(Information from KXAN.com)
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