Rideshare Driver Arrested, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Passenger on SMU Campus

An Uber spokesperson confirmed a driver was “deactivated” from its platform after being arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a passenger on the SMU campus.

SMU police say the passenger reported being sexually assaulted by a rideshare driver who’d driven her to campus in the 3100 block of Daniel Avenue, commonly known as “sorority row,” around 2 a.m. Oct. 14.

“The victim told police she was sexually assaulted by a rideshare driver who had driven her to campus. She also notified family members who later observed the suspect’s vehicle and flagged down a Dallas police officer,” an advisory from SMU about the incident reads. “The Dallas officer followed the car to a location on Greenville Avenue and detained the driver.”

An SMU spokesperson confirmed the rideshare driver, Anselmo Amil Contreras, 50, was arrested on a complaint of sexual assault.  

The RAINN national sexual assault support hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. For rideshare safety tips from Uber, click here.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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