The woman who was captured on video last week assaulting and coughing on a San Francisco Uber driver was charged Wednesday with multiple felonies for the alleged crime.
Arna Kimiai, who refused to wear a mask while inside the vehicle, is facing one count of attempted robbery and one count of assault on a transportation driver.
Kimiai was also charged with two misdemeanor offenses: one count of battery on a transportation driver and one count of violating COVID-19 health protocols.
Kimiai faces up to 16 years in prison and $3,000 in fines.
In the video, Kimiai can be seen deliberately coughing on driver Subhakar Khadka, while laughing and yelling racial slurs.
She is also seen grabbing the mask off Khadka’s face while attempting to grab his phone off the dashboard.
The 32-year-old driver told CBS San Francisco that he believes he was attacked he is a South Asian immigrant.
“I never said anything bad to them, I never cursed, I was not raised that way. I don’t hit people, I am not raised that way, so they were not getting out of my car,” said Khadka.
Police also noted that Kimiai sprayed what they believe to be pepper spray in Khadka’s car before leaving.
⚠️ 𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚: 𝗘𝗫𝗣𝗟𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗧 𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗨𝗔𝗚𝗘 ⚠️ Uber driver Subhakar told me he picked up 3 women in the Bayview yesterday & after asking one to wear a mask was subject to slurs, taunting & one grabbing his phone.
He’s taking a few days off.
SFPD is investigating. pic.twitter.com/o99pOooWsw
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) March 9, 2021