PD: Glendale PD make arrest in 2016 Uber driver sex assault

Posted at 11:57 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 20:08:53-04

DNA evidence is credited with leading police to an Uber driver who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in 2016.

Glendale Police reported that on Oct. 20, 2016, a woman was out drinking and needed a ride home. Unfortunately, her Uber app wasn't working correctly so a friend requested an Uber for her.

Police say 41-year-old Alberto Enriquez Gandara responded about 1:30 a.m. but instead of taking her home he reportedly took her to a closed parking lot at a liquor store. 

The victim allegedly told police that the last thing she remembered was Gandara turning off his GPS and grabbing her leg.

The following morning she woke up in Gandara's car parked in her apartment complex's parking lot, court paperwork said. The alleged victim says she was sitting in the front passenger seat.

When she asked him what happened Gandara allegedly dropped the woman's underwear in her lap, court documents said. A hospital exam reportedly showed multiple bruises on the woman’s body. 

In December, a lab report confirmed the presence of male DNA on the victim. 

DNA was obtained from Gandara and brought to the DPS crime lab.

In March of 2017, the lab tested returned with a positive match to Gandara. 

He was located and arrested by Glendale police Wednesday and is being held without bond.