Police Search for Man They Say Robbed, Abducted Uber Driver

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gunman abducts Uber driver from Midlothian WalmartMIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) – Chesterfield police are searching for a man who they say robbed and abducted an Uber driver, forcing her into the trunk of her car. Yet, Habtamu said he still feels safe driving for Uber because they have to set up a profile that includes their credit card in order to call an Uber, which means they are on file in Uber’s system. Before riding with Uber, riders are required to create an account with their personal and payment information—and rides can only be requested through the app, so there is a detailed record of every rider and every trip. Customers arrange pick up and payment from their phones before the driver even shows up. “I think the benefit of not having cash exchanged is the reduced risk of any type of robbery,” Steve said.

Uber customers say they enjoy the convenience the service provides, despite what happened on Sunday. “[I was] downtown with a buddy, and I started drinking and couldn’t drive…I called them and got a ride home,” Whitesel said. Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or http://www.crimesolvers.net

Although drivers are not allowed to pack heat, Steve says he wouldn’t mind if the company re-considered that. “Oh yeah, absolutely,” he said confidently.

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