By: Michelle Parker WorldWideWeirdNews.com
An Uber driver was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault and battery after allegedly pointing a gun on a passenger, police in Florida said.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said that they have arrested 67-year-old Patrick McDonald.
According to the police investigation, around 8:00 p.m. on Friday, McDonald picked up the victim and agreed to drive him to his home.
On the way home, the victim told the driver that he was not feeling well and asked him to stop because he had to vomit.
McDonald stopped the car, and the victim said that he was fine and did not need to vomit. McDonald told the victim that he had to leave the vehicle because he didn't want to ruin his $75,000 car.
McDonald got out and opened the rear door of the car.
He pulled the victim’s left arm in an attempt to get him out of the car.
As the two were arguing while standing outside the vehicle, McDonald reached into the driver's side window and pulled out a semiautomatic pistol.
McDonald told deputies that he grabbed the gun out of fear for his life, and the passenger threatened to assault him with his private parts.
An Uber driver was arrested on a charge of kidnapping after allegedly abducting an intoxicated woman and taking her to a motel, according to police in Maryland.
College Park police said that they have arrested 29-year-old Westagne Pierre, after being accused of picking up a young woman, and instead of taking her home, he took her to a motel, where he assaulted her.
Pierre has been charged with kidnapping, assault and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $250.
According to the police investigation, Pierre picked up the victim at a bar in Washington DC, on Tuesday night. He first took the woman to her home in Virginia, but instead of leaving her there, he took her to the Budget Inn in College Park.
Once there, he checked into the motel, lifted the woman out of the car and took her into a room.
After some time, Pierre left the room and went to a nearby 7-Eleven, where he used the victim’s American Express card to make a $14 purchase.
An Uber driver was arrested after he was found in the back seat of his car with an underage passenger.
A family member ordered the Uber ride for the girl at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, using the company’s app.
The 17-year-old girl fell asleep while returning to her home in Laguna Beach, California.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, 23-year-old Samer Alaaeldin Mahran picked up the victim from a Huntington Beach bar.
He then parked close to her house, got into the back seat and sexually assaulted her.
When the teenager did not arrive home at the expected time, another family member used Uber's tracking system to find Mahran's car.
The prosecutor's office said the family member found the car and allegedly caught Mahran in the back seat with the victim.
The family member removed the victim and Mahran drove off. Police were called and they arrested the Uber driver.
Mahran was charged with a felony count of rape by use of drugs, one felony count of forcible oral copulation upon a minor over 14 years of age, one felony count of sexual penetration of a child over age 14 by foreign object and force, and one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse.
An Uber driver accepted sex acts instead of cash payments.
The Uber driver and a customer were arrested on a charge of prostitution after allegedly agreeing to accept sexual acts as payment instead of cash, according to police in Florida.
Pinellas County police said that they have arrested 42-year-old Jason Lynch and 41-year-old Elizabeth Santos, after officers saw Santos performing a sex act on Lynch in his car.
The two suspects were charged with prostitution, and lewd and lascivious behavior. They were booked into jail, and Lynch’s bail was set at $500 while Santos’ bail was set at $5,250.
An Uber driver was accused of planting vomit to charge customers $200 in clean up fees.
Meredith Mandel of New York, said that Uber drivers are using fake vomit to force customers to pay hundreds of dollars in clean up fees.
Mandel used an Uber driver to take her home along with her boyfriend and a friend to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, after enjoying dinner together.
The trip, which cost $19, ended at 1:30 a.m. However, the next day, Mandel, who said that she and the rest of her group were sober, received an email, saying that she will be charged more than $200 for the two-mile trip from Fort Greene.
Mandel learned that many other people have dealt with the issue of being charged a vomit clean up fee when they never left a mess.
Similar incidents have been reported in New York, California, and Florida. In some instances the drivers were fired.
Uber is urging people to get drivers through the app instead of flagging them down on the street.
This warning came after three women in Florida, called police to report that they were raped by an Uber driver.
During the investigation, police in Boca Raton, learned that the women used the same driver on different occasions, and they all flagged him down rather than going through the app and waiting for a car.
36-year-old Xolani Mtsitsha of Boca Raton, was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual battery with physical force after DNA evidence linked him to the crimes.
However, Mtsitsha claims that the women offered him sex as payment for the ride.
An Uber driver was arrested on a charge of sodomy after allegedly breaking into a woman’s home and raping her, police in Georgia said.
Statham police said that they have arrested 49-year-old John M. Kamens, after being accused of giving a woman a ride home with the intention of robbing and raping her.
Kamens was charged with aggravated sodomy with force and first-degree burglary. He was booked into the Clarke County Jail, and he was denied bail.
According to the police investigation, Kamens gave the 28-year-old victim a ride home on Wednesday. Later that night, Kamens went back to the woman's home and broke into her bedroom, where he raped her.
When the suspect left around 1:00 a.m., the woman immediately called the police.
An Uber driver in Michigan, stabbed his passenger five times on Saturday, for “disrespecting his car,” by knocking on the window, police said.
23-year-old Jacob Matthew Allemon attacked his passenger in Bloomfield Township. The passenger was with his wife on the way home from a party.
According to police, when Allemon arrived, the 49-year-old male passenger of Beverly Hills, knocked on the window to let the driver know that he was getting into the car.
This angered Allemon. He drove the couple for only a mile and ordered them to get out of his car. The passenger asked if they could wait until another Uber driver arrived, as it was snowing outside.
Allemon became angry and a fight broke out. He stabbed the passenger five times before the victim was able to disarmed him, police said.
The passenger was treated and released from a hospital the following day.
Allemon was arrested and charged with assault.
Uber drivers offer to sell illegal drugs to passengers.
Uber launched an investigation after passengers in the United Kingdom, reported that drivers pushed them to buy illegal drugs.
James Newman of London, said that he recently used the services of Uber Eats, and when the delivery person arrived, he tried to push illegal drugs.
When Newman said that he was not interested, the driver became aggressive.
Another passenger wrote on Twitter, that he was shaken up following a bad experience with an Uber driver. The driver allegedly tried to push drugs, and when his offer was rejected, he became aggressive.
A man who identified himself as Rob, said that his Uber driver gave him a business card so he could call when will be interested in purchasing illegal drugs.
An Uber driver in Florida, is in trouble after taking advantage of drunk female passengers.
St. Petersburg police arrested the Uber driver on charges of loitering and prowling after police said that he was caught looking through the windows of a condominium, where he had dropped off two passengers.
40-year-old Christopher Cuccorillo dropped off the women in a gated community early Sunday morning at around 3:50 a.m.
He then walked to the windows of the home, which are enclosed with a tall fence and is not open to the public, and he peeked into the windows.
A witness called police after seeing Cuccorillo walking back and forth behind the apartment building. The witness said that he heard Cuccorillo tampering with a window.
When police arrived, Cuccorillo told them that he was checking on the women whom he dropped off.
He claimed that the women asked him to check on them because they were highly intoxicated.
However, the women told police they never made such a request. Detectives said that Cuccorillo’s story of the events changed several times during their investigation.
Cuccorillo was arrested. An Uber spokesperson said that Cuccorillo no longer works for them.
Although Uber tried to keep their customers safe, they did not do a very good job conducted background checks on its drivers, which may have lead to theses crimes being committed by their drivers.
Uber has settled a lawsuit over this issue.
Uber has agreed to pay a fine of $10 million after being accused of misleading the public about the way it conducted background checks on its drivers, according to court documents in California.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced a $25 million settlement today with Uber Technologies Inc., over allegations the ride sharing company misled the public about background checks on its drivers.
“With this settlement, the ride sharing company has pledged to communicate honestly about its driver background checks and airport fees, which are important steps to protecting the residents of California,” Lacey added.