DA charges Lyft driver Fenwick with sexual assault


Sheriff, DA asking for other possible victims, witnesses to step forward

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Lyft driver was charged with the sexual assault of a passenger on Nov. 13, the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office reported.

On Nov. 13, the DA’s Office announced it had filed felony charges against Jason Lamont Fenwick, 51, for the sexual assault of a passenger that is alleged to have occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 in Nipomo. Fenwick was charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Department 8 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

Fenwick was charged with four felony counts including assault with the intent to commit various sex acts during a residential burglary, unlawful oral copulation of an intoxicated individual, unlawful sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated individual, and first-degree residential burglary, and one misdemeanor violation unlawful use of a concealed recording device.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Sexual Assault Unit detectives responded to a report of a sexual assault which had occurred at a residence in Nipomo on Nov. 4.

The victim in the case said she was transported from Arroyo Grande to her residence in Nipomo by a Lyft driver after requesting their services when she became too intoxicated to drive home. The Lyft driver assisted the victim inside her home — where she became unconscious at which point the suspect allegedly proceeded to sexually assault her, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was contacted and warrants were issued to identify the suspected driver and to gather additional evidence.

The driver was identified as Jason Lamont Fenwick, 51, of Lompoc. He was arrested on Nov. 8 for several charges including oral copulation with an intoxicated victim, sexual penetration with a foreign object with an intoxicated victim, and burglary.

The Sheriff's Office and District Attorney’s Office are seeking the assistance of the public to identify any other possible victims or witnesses due to Fenwick being a Lyft driver for more than a year in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Anyone with information that could be helpful in this investigation is asked to contact the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 805-781-4500.

For victim services, contact the District Attorney’s Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center at 805-781-5821.


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