Jury convicts Uber driver Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez of sexual crimes and burglary
Author: District Attorney
3/26/2021 6:10:23 PM
Shortly before 5:00pm, a San Luis Obispo County jury returned guilty verdicts on all 13 counts including sexual crimes and burglary involving five female victims, including four college students, from San Luis Obispo.
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that a San Luis Obispo County jury has found Santa Maria resident Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez (42) guilty of thirteen felony counts, including: three counts of assault with the intent to commit rape during a residential burglary, four counts of burglary of an occupied residence, one count of rape by force, two counts of rape of an intoxicated individual, one count of oral copulation of an intoxicated individual, one count of assault with intent to commit rape and one count of grand theft. The conduct involved five separate victims and took place between July 2017 and January 2018.
Alarcon-Nunez perpetrated his series of sexual assaults while working as an Uber driver in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County areas, where he victimized individuals using the transport services upon taking them home.
“The five victims in this case were brave and courageous in providing the evidence and testimony necessary to achieve justice,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “These predatory crimes were committed against particularly vulnerable victims who placed their trust in the defendant to get them home safely when they were not in a condition to drive a vehicle. Finally, we are grateful for the jury who served and listened to the startling evidence during this time of pandemic.”
The jury reached their verdict after nearly two weeks of testimony and one-half day of deliberation. Sentencing is scheduled for April 26, 2021 at 8:30am in Department 5 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, the Honorable Craig van Rooyen presiding. Mr. Alarcon-Nunez faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison for his convictions.
The investigation was conducted by the San Luis Obispo City Police Department in collaboration with various law enforcement partners including, the Santa Barbara City Police Department, Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, Pismo Beach Police Department and the San Luis Obispo County District Attorneys Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Melissa Chabra.
A link to the 2018 press conference, can be found here. A copy of the charging document can be accessed here. A copy of the defendant’s booking photo can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.