Police in the Houston area are looking for a man who is accused of assaulting a Lyft driver. The alleged incident is said to have occurred on July 21. Authorities have not been able to locate the accused. However, as violent crimes are not taken lightly, he has already been charged with committing a hate crime and causing bodily injury to another individual.

According to a recent news report, a 39-year-old male was riding as a passenger in a Lyft vehicle when he supposedly began berating the driving, saying things about his religion. He then, allegedly, grabbed the driver’s hair, choked him and hit him. This is all said to have happened while the car was being operated on the Northwest Freeway.

After the incident, the accused left the scene and police have been unable to locate him. When found, if convicted of this crime, he stands to face a minimum of six months in jail — among other consequences. A reward is being offered to anyone who can provide authorities with information that leads to his arrest.

Assault and other violent crimes are an issue in the Houston area. Because of this, the city treats accusations of such crimes quite seriously. The accused in this particular case faces consequences that could hurt him both personally and professionally. While achieving a positive outcome may seem totally out of reach, with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney — when located by police — this individual can take the necessary legal steps to help his situation.

Source: houstonpress.com, “Man Charged with Hate Crime Over Attack on Lyft Driver“, Meagan Flynn, Sept. 21, 2017