Woman Who Coughed On Uber Driver Turns Herself In; Faces 4 Charges
KPIX 5/Subhakar Khadka

The woman who was seen on video attacking and coughing on a South Asian Uber driver has surrendered to authorities and faces four charges.

On Sunday, the San Francisco Police Department announced that 24-year-old Arna Kimiai is in custody days after she expressed intention to turn herself in.

That night, Kimiai was booked into San Francisco County Jail for charges of robbery, assault and battery, conspiracy, and violation of health and safety code.

Additionally, Kimiai’s attorney Seth Morris confirmed the news with KPIX 5.

“We coordinated her surrender with Sgt. Tony Santos of SFPD so it could be handled peacefully and expeditiously,” Morris said in a statement.

“Ms. Kimiai acted appropriately and responsibly when she found out she had a warrant for her arrest, coordinating her peaceful surrender through her legal counsel and the SFPD. We have no further comment at this time.”

In a shocking video that has circulated around the Internet, Kimiai was seen assaulting 32-year-old Subhakar Khadka by coughing on him, as well as grabbing his cell phone and ripping off his face mask.

In an Instagram Live posted shortly after the March 7 attack, Kimiai admits her alleged actions were “disrespectful,” but says “75% of people I know would have smacked the ---- out of him” after he reportedly pulled over because one of the three female passengers refused to wear a mask.

Since the incident, Kimiai has been banned from both Uber and Lyft.

Another woman seen in the video, 24-year-old Malaysia King, has also been arrested after she was seen in the clip lowering her face mask and yelling, “And I got corona.”

San Francisco authorities say they worked with the Las Vegas Police Department to apprehend King, who was then slapped with numerous charges, including assault with a caustic chemical and assault and battery.

Las Vegas officials told KLAS-TV 8 that King was arrested March 9 after she was caught, along with a man, allegedly attempting to use a fake ID to transfer money at a Bank of America branch.

In an interview with KPIX 5, Khadka said he believes he was berated by the passengers because he is an immigrant from Nepal.

“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,” he said.

“You guys are animals to treat other human beings like this,” he continued, adding, “If I was another complexion, I would have not gotten that treatment from them. The moment I opened my mouth to speak, they realized I’m among one of them, so it’s easy for them to intimidate me.”


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