Rideshare driver admits to raping drunken passenger, affidavit says

Gabriel Vazquez charged with sexual assault

SAN ANTONIO – The driver for a ridesharing company admitted to police he raped a passenger of his who was too drunk to walk, an arrest affidavit stated.

Gabriel Vazquez, 40, was arrested this month by San Antonio police.

Vazquez was working for Uber when the alleged attack happened, an Uber spokesperson confirmed Monday.

According to an affidavit on Oct. 12, Vazquez was hailed by the passenger, who was intoxicated.

The victim, 22, said after she got to her home, Vazquez walked her inside her home, where he took her clothes off and raped her, the affidavit said.

The victim told police she told Vazquez “no,” the affidavit said, and Vazquez left after the alleged assault.

“What’s been described is greatly concerning and has no place anywhere. As soon as the rider reported this to us in October, we immediately removed this driver’s access to the app. We assisted the San Antonio Police Department and provided any information to them that would be useful for their investigation. We appreciate all of their diligent work on this case," Uber spokesperson Kayla Whaling said via email.

Police were able to get a subpoena for the ridesharing company’s records and were able to determine a possible suspect, the affidavit said.

The affidavit also said the victim was able to positively identify Vazquez in a photo lineup.

On Jan. 13, police interviewed the suspect, the affidavit said.

Vazquez initially denied any sexual activity occurred, according to the affidavit; however, he later confessed to having sex with the victim even though he knew she was drunk.

Vazquez remains in the Bexar County Jail.