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Police arrest woman who attacked and harassed Asian Uber driver

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that both women were arrested.

A woman who was seen on video coughing and berating an Uber driver has reportedly been arrested by San Francisco police.

Malaysia King, 24, turned herself in to Las Vegas Police on charges of assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery, conspiracy and violation of health and safety code, KCBS Radio reports. 

The other woman, 24-year-old Arna Kimiai, communicating with officers through her attorney, has yet to do so.

“We’re glad to hear that Ms. Kimiai intends to do the right thing and turn herself in to the nearest law enforcement agency, and we hope it happens promptly,” San Francisco Police Lt. Tracy McCray said. “The behavior captured on video in this incident showed a callous disregard for the safety and wellbeing of an essential service worker in the midst of a deadly pandemic.”

The driver, Subhakar Khadka is originally from Nepal. He’s been an Uber driver for three years.

In the video that initially went viral, Kimiai and King can be seen purposefully coughing in the car and harassing Khadka. Kimiai then grabs his phone from the dashboard and rips off his mask.

 

This Wednesday, new video began circulating showing Kimiai tormenting another rideshare driver.

A video uploaded to Jackfroot’s Instagram account shows Kimiai and others riding in a car and lashing out at the driver over the air conditioner.

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