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Uber driver arrested after alleged groping

Police arrested an Uber driver early Sunday morning after a female passenger said the man kissed and groped her outside her Palo Alto home, according to police.

Around 12:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of a sex crime that had occurred at a home near Los Trancos and Alpine roads, police said.

After speaking with the victim and her husband, officers learned the couple had taken an Uber and were dropped off at their home around 11 p.m., according to police.

A short while later, the couple realized they forgot their cellphone in the Uber vehicle. The couple then called the Uber driver and asked him if he could bring it back, police said.

When he arrived, the victim went outside to pick up the cellphone.

When the driver gave the woman the cellphone, the driver allegedly kissed her and groped her breast.

The victim pushed the man away and ran beck to her house. The suspect then drove off and the couple immediately reported the incident to Uber, according to police.

About an hour later, the woman received a call from the suspect, saying he was outside her house. The victim told the suspect to go away and immediately notified police.

When officers arrived at the home the suspect had already left.

Officers however were able to identify him as 35-year-old Redwood City resident Pedro Liborio-Anorve, police said.

Around 4 a.m., officers located Liborio-Anorve at a home in the 3400 block of Michael Drive in Redwood City. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and stalking and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail, according to police.

Uber spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said in a statement that Liborio-Anorve has been banned from using the ride-booking company:

“This behavior is described as disturbing and is not tolerated on the Uber platform. … We have been working in cooperation with police and will continue to assist with the investigation.”

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