Stabbed Uber driver: 'Oh my God, I'm dead'
FELLOW UBER DRIVER ACCUSED OF STABBING MAN AT SEA-TAC AIRPORT FOR 'NO APPARENT REASON'
By LYNSI BURTON, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF | October 19, 2016
Prosecutors believe a 36-year-old man stabbed a 40-year-old acquaintance earlier this month while the victim was picking up Uber customers at the Sea-Tac airport.
Kent resident Mohamed A. Mohamed is charged with first-degree assault in the Oct. 8 stabbing that required the victim to be placed on a breathing machine and undergo surgery.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Dana Cashman wrote in charging documents that the 40-year-old man was stabbed for "no apparent reason."
The victim was parked in the Uber holding area about 12:30 a.m. at Sea-Tac International Airport talking to a friend on the phone when Mohamed got into his car and sat in the passenger seat, Port of Seattle police reports say.
Mohamed was also an Uber driver who had known the victim for about 20 years, the victim told investigators.
Mohamed reportedly told the driver to get off the phone, but he ignored him to continue his conversation with a friend. Mohamed is alleged to have begun to yell at him, his hands shaking, reports say.
As soon as the victim hung up the phone, Mohamed stabbed him in the abdomen with what looked to be a large kitchen knife, according to charging papers. The 40-year-old man suffered a stab wound about 5 inches deep, police say.
The two men struggled over the knife while the victim tried to keep from being stabbed again. He suffered one more cut to his right hamstring during the tussle.
The victim reportedly honked the car horn to attract attention, at which point witnesses arrived and opened a door to the car. Mohamed reportedly left the vehicle and drove off in his car.
Medics took the 40-year-old to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he received surgery for his serious injuries.
Police recovered a camera mounted on a nearby car that captured a vehicle quickly leaving the parking lot with several people chasing after it, reports say.
The victim's family members identified Mohamed as the attacker and investigators recovered his contact and vehicle information from Uber. When he was awake, the victim positively identified Mohamed as the assailant, police reports indicate.
He recounted the assault to investigators and said that while he was being attacked, he thought, "Oh my God, I'm dead."
Authorities contacted Mohamed and met him at a parking lot near the Port of Seattle Fire Department in Seatac, where they arrested him.
Mohamed was booked into King County Jail and released two days later on bail.