A Texas car rental business is facing a felony assault charge after a man was allegedly beaten and robbed by a passenger who refused to pay for a rental, authorities said.

In November, the car rental agency in the city of Bexar County was cited for violating the state’s consumer protection laws, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.

The agency was fined $5,000 for violating its license agreement and ordered to cease operations.

The department has since begun investigating a possible link between the company and the victim, according a statement from the department.

Bexar sheriff’s officials said Monday that they have not yet determined whether the man was targeted because of his race or ethnicity.

The incident comes as the United States is facing its own epidemic of carjackings, with police reporting nearly 2,000 incidents over the past three months.

The number of incidents has surpassed the 4,000 recorded by the Department of Homeland Security in all of 2013.

In October, an Arizona woman was charged in a stabbing at a car rental firm in Mesa, Arizona.

The woman allegedly used a kitchen knife to stab a man in the neck, before being arrested, police said.

The alleged suspect in that incident has not been identified.