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Medford Uber driver charged in sexual assault

A 51 year-old Uber driver remains in the Jackson County Jail for the alleged sexual assault of a female passenger he picked up early Sunday morning, according to a Medford police news release.

Antonio Gonzalez-Salinas faces felony charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse, and first-degree rape, according to court records. He faces an additional misdemeanor charge of public indecency. His first appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court is scheduled for 1:45 p.m.

Police said the 21 year-old victim had been in downtown Medford with a group of friends Saturday night. After some drinks, her friends called for an Uber to take her to another friend's house in East Medford, the release said.

At 1:29 a.m. Sunday Gonzalez-Salinas arrived in a black Lexus with the license plate VOLRIS, police said.

About 15 minutes later, the victim's friends learned she never arrived at the other friend's house. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to call her phone, Gonzalez-Salinas answered. He told one of the friends that he was having trouble finding the destination.

Friends contacted a family member next, who police said used an app to track the 21 year-old's phone to a spot two blocks from the destination at 2:07 a.m. The family member and two other people followed the ping to the location and spotted the Lexus parked on the street at 2:30 a.m.

The woman was crying and upset in the passenger seat, police said, and Gonzalez-Silenas fled. She reported that she had been sexually assaulted, and friends and family called police.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Medford police detectives arrested Gonzales-Silenas without incident at his home in the 1900 block of Erin Way in Medford, police said. They found the victim's phone there and seized other items, including the Lexus, for evidence, according to police.

Police are working with Uber as part of its investigation. Uber may be able to provide geolocation data, said Scott Clauson, Medford police chief.

Gonzalez-Salinas remains lodged in jail. His bail is set at $360,000, jail records show.

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