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Chicago Police Warn Residents of Fake Rideshare Drivers and Rideshare Carjackings

Published on Jan 31, 2020 at 10:05 am in Rideshare Safety.

A number of rideshare-related incidents have been happening recently in and around Chicago. In the city’s Fulton River District, a kidnapping and robbery incident occurred. There were also multiple reports of rideshare carjackings in Lawndale.

According to 5 Chicago, the kidnapping and robbery incident occurred on January 16, 2020. The victim was leaving a bar near Grand and Halsted around 2 a.m. when a 2003 Gold 4dr Acura MDX approached. The victim spoke with the driver and entered the car, being led to believe the driver was operating the rideshare vehicle they requested.

Once in the car, the victim had a bag placed over his head and a weapon held to his back. There was another passenger in the car, working with the driver. The victim was ordered to give up the PIN to his ATM card. The driver then drove to an ATM, withdrew money, and left the victim before fleeing.

On January 30, police sent an alert out after obtaining pictures of the alleged offenders’ car from a gas station near where the victim was taken. One of the suspects was captured on camera wearing a mask.

On January 28 and 29, three separate carjackings took place in Lawndale on the West Side. With each incident, someone ordered a ride through a rideshare service. Once the driver arrived, three males got in, flashed a gun, and demanded the vehicle. The incidents happened at the following times and locations:

  • Around 10:40 p.m. January 28 and 11:10 p.m. January 29 in the 1200 block of South Sawyer Avenue
  • About 2 a.m. January 29 in the 1800 block of South Komensky Avenue

In response to these incidents, police are asking rideshare users to verify the identity of their driver prior to entering vehicles. Rideshare drivers should also be on high-alert for any riders that seem suspicious. Both parties have the right to end or decline a trip at any time.

While Uber and Lyft inform riders of the type of vehicle they’ll be riding in and a photo of the driver, they are now considering offering pin-code verification to allow riders and drivers ways to verify their trip in-app.

If you’ve been the victim of a rideshare incident, there may be grounds for legal action—especially if you were injured and negligence played a role in what happened. The Rideshare Law Group lawyers can look into your situation and determine the best way to help you recover. Contact us for more information.