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Uber Driver Held Up at Gunpoint in Reston

by Karen Goff February 13, 2015 at 5:47 pm 2,269 6 Comments

Fairfax County Police Fairfax County Police are looking for  suspects who allegedly robbed an Uber driver in Reston early Wednesday.

Police said the suspects contacted the driver via the ridesharing app Uber about 12:18. and were picked up in the 11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive.

One suspect donned a ski mask, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the driver. The victim drove into a parking lot,  exiting the vehicle and fleeing from the suspects, police said.

The suspects then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. There were no injuries. The suspects were described as black, 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and between 140 and 170 pounds.

  • john

    “The suspects were described as black, 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and between 140 and 170 pounds” big suprise

    • bobfv1

      Right

  • J

    Sorry, this story doesn’t pass the smell test. Uber’s service depends on credit cards. You’re saying these criminals put their credit card into Uber’s app, which would have revealed their identity, to rob a driver who doesn’t collect cash?

    • Ming the Merciless

      Search google news and there are many, many results for Uber driver robbed or assaulted.

      http://pando.com/2014/08/25/with-another-uber-driver-robbed-in-la-questions-mount-about-safety-of-ride-sharing-apps/

      “For a criminal looking to target Uber or Lyft drivers specifically, it’s
      as simple as opening up the app and viewing the real-time locations of
      nearby vehicles on a map. There’s an argument that ride-sharing drivers
      should make less attractive targets than traditional taxis given that
      they do not accept cash – all payment is handled through in-app credit
      card processing. But if they’re easier to find, that may be enough to
      turn these drivers into popular targets.”

  • m

    One of the “suspects” is the account holder most likely. Not much of a mystery there

  • North Restonian

    You’re not trusting the REPORTER because of what a police report says. There are plenty of dumb criminals. It’s not Karen’s job to sort that out; it’s the police’s.

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