A woman who was caught on video harassing and coughing an Uber driver in California was arrested, while another woman plans to turn herself in to police, authorities said.
Las Vegas police detained 24-year-old Malaysia King, who faces charges of assault and battery, conspiracy, as well as violating the health and safety code for attacking Uber driver Subhakar Khadka on Sunday. according to the San Francisco Police Department.
Khadka recorded the incident showing King, who is sitting in the back seat dressed in red, and another woman, identified by police as Arna Kimiai, 24, coughing and yelling profanity at him after refusing to wear face masks.
Kimiai has not yet been arrested, but her lawyers say she plans to turn herself in soon.
“We are happy to hear that Ms. Kimiai intends to do the right thing and turn herself in to the nearest law enforcement agency, and we hope that will happen immediately,” Lt. Tracy McCray said in a statement.
“The behavior captured on video in this incident showed a callous disregard for the safety and well-being of an essential services worker in the midst of a deadly pandemic. We take this conduct very seriously in San Francisco and are committed to ensuring that justice is served in this case, ”McCray continued.
The incident occurred after Khadka picked up Kimiai, King and another woman in San Francisco around 12:45 p.m. Sunday.
Khadka asked one of the women to wear a mask, but she refused, so she decided to cancel the trip.
An enraged Kimiai can be seen in one video yelling at the driver, “Fuck the masks!”
At one point, Kimiai grabs Khadka’s phone from the center dash area and then violently rips off her face mask, footage shows.
Police say the women also sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray inside Khadka’s car.
Both Uber and Lyft have banned Kimiai as a result of the incident.