Police: Lyft driver sexually assaulted Cobb woman on ride home

Jerome Antonio Booze of Decatur is accused of raping a Lyft passenger. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

More than a month after a Lyft driver allegedly sexually assaulted a woman, Cobb County police arrested the man Monday.

Jerome Antonio Booze, 39, of Decatur, remained in the Cobb jail on a felony rape charge Thursday, according to records. Police have not said why it took more than a month to arrest Booze.

Booze picked up a Smyrna woman from the Anchor Bar in northeast Atlanta on Dec. 10 after she requested a Lyft to take her home, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Police say he instead drove her to a parking lot and sexually assaulted her. The victim was in no condition to consent, Channel 2 reported.

A Lyft spokesman sent the news station a statement saying the company was devastated and banned Booze from using the Lyft app. The company has also been assisting with Cobb police in their investigation.

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