Taxi Driver Arrested for Sexual Assault
Allegedly assaulted woman on May 1
ANCHORAGE - A Checker Cab driver, Paul Velasco, was arrested Tuesday for a sexual assault that occurred on May 1.
According to police, the victim, a 42-year-old woman, had been drinking at a friend's house and her friend called her a taxi to take her home. Velasco picked her up and drove her to a Boniface trailer court, where the assault allegedly occurred, then dropped her off at a Tesoro station. Police responded to the Tesoro station after the woman told the clerk she'd been sexually assaulted.
Velasco has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, with bail set at $100,000. He's scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at Anchorage Jail Court.
Police note Special Victims Unit detectives acknowledge and appreciate the cooperation of the owners of Checker Cab.