LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A HopSkipDrive ride share driver is facing charges of unlawful contact with a minor and luring a child. Las Vegas police are concerned there could be more victims.
The driver has been identified as 50-year-old Ranier Braga.
HopSkipDrive ride service for kids, which was founded in Los Angeles, California, made it’s debut in Las Vegas two months ago. In light of this new information, Clark County has suspended the use of HopSkipDrive in the county.
The county has temporarily suspended the use of HopSkipDrive pending the outcome of our investigation into the recent allegations.
“As soon as we learned about these terrible allegations we contacted the police to have the driver arrested.
Prior to hiring HopSkipDrive, County officials contacted school districts and child welfare agencies that also use the company in other jurisdictions. During that review we did not hear about any problems with the drivers.
In addition, all of the drivers are given thorough criminal background checks before being allowed to drive any passengers.
HopSkipDrive has been cooperating fully with us and the police during this investigation.”
8 News Now reached out to HopSkipDrive for a statement, but has yet to hear back.
Metro Police said Braga had access to various passengers. According to court documents, Braga is currently in custody but is due in court Wednesday to review whether he is eligible for house arrest.
Police are asking anyone with information about Braga or who feels they may have been victimized by him to contact the Sexual Assault Section at (702) 828-3421.