Uber Driver Under Investigation after Woman’s ‘Creepy’ Ride


SACRAMENTO -- An Uber driver was removed from the platform and is now under a law enforcement investigation after a young woman from Sacramento reported that he made sexual advances toward her during a ride, took a detour from their route and then refused to drop her off.

"How dare you make a move on me and make me feel that uncomfortable to the point that I thought I was going to get kidnapped," she said.

The young woman spoke to FOX40 on camera, but did not want to be identified by her name. We are not revealing the name of the Uber driver or showing his picture because he has not been charged with any crime. However, she posted the man's old Uber account photo on Facebook, in a post that garnered nearly 4,000 shares overnight.

She said she greeted the Uber driver who picked her up at a friend's house near Carmichael, he seemed like a nice guy. Immediately into the twelve minute ride, she says he said that he was "just a lonely guy driving for Uber," and that he "hadn't gotten any in a while." She said that was when he started making sexual advances toward her and looking down her shirt.

"He was saying, you can show me something if you want, and I was like, 'what?!' And he was like you, like, you're just my type and if you want to show me something you can. And then I was just kind of drew in like this. I was trying to be as cordial as I could so he didn't do anything and he didn't further his pervertedness," she said.

The part that scared her the most, was when she said the driver took a detour from their route, pulled onto a residential street and stopped the car in a driveway. She said she told him that was not where she requested to be driven to, and he told her that it was, and that that was where the GPS led him. On a screen shot of the route she showed FOX40, it did appear that the driver made this detour, and then continued back on the path. She said she got scared and asked him to drop her off at a nearby gas station but he refused, saying it wasn't safe.

"And I was like, well it's not safe in here," she said.

She said she texted her dad and told him the Uber driver was making her uncomfortable, and that her dad called her immediately. She said when her dad heard the driver telling her he wouldn't let her out, he yelled at the driver, and he let her out at the gas station.

Uber told FOX40 that as soon as she reported the alleged incident, they revoked the Uber drivers privileges on the app, and that he had not driven anyone for Uber since. They said Uber drivers do have to sign off on literature before they start working for the company, which explains appropriate conduct.

They also responded to FOX40 in writing, saying:

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department told FOX40 that the young woman did file a report with them, and that they were investigating. They could not comment on what charges, if any, the driver could face in the future.

"You sir, are 100% a creep," she said.


Uber passenger warns people about scary ride

A Northern California woman is warning people about her scary Uber ride from Sacramento International Airport. Her Facebook post on what happened has been shared nearly 4,000 times.

"I travel and fly all different places and just Uber from the airport," Mary Beth McMann, the Uber passenger, said. 

On McMann's Uber app, she requested a ride from Sacramento International Airport to her home in Napa. "I went over to him, he took my luggage, put it in the trunk of his car," McMann said. But a few minutes after the ride, she started getting worried.

"He started telling me he's from Southern California and he had just barely escaped being brought up on new charges for money laundering and spent six months in a federal facility," McMann said. She said the conversation got worse and texted her husband. "So the whole time I'm texting my husband like 'Hey, I'm petrified' this man is touching me he's making me feel uncomfortable," McMann said.

We reached out to Uber about the allegations. The company says it's looking into it and the driver has been removed from using Uber while they investigate. In addition, the company says the driver had no previous complaints of this nature.

McMann says when she got back home she contacted Uber and California Highway Patrol. We reached out to CHP, but haven't heard back.

"I would never use a rideshare app again," McMann said. "I feel like my bubble has been burst."

We asked people at the Sacramento International Airport if they ever worry when they request a ride. "I've used it for a few years now, so I don't worry about my safety," Diana Tovar, Uber user, said. 


Man asked his Uber driver in Kalamazoo- "You're not the shooter, are you?"

By Michael E. Miller February 22- The Washington Post

On Saturday night, an Indianapolis man named Derek and his wife took her parents to a show at the Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Mich. As the craft beer flowed, a band called Andy Frasco and the U.N. belted out uplifting blues music. The group’s new album title seemed to capture the mood: “Happy Bastards.”

As the night drew on, however, the crowd began to hear increasingly horrific news. A Kalamazoo woman had been shot outside her apartment complex. Then a father and son had been gunned down in front of a car dealership. Finally, a local Cracker Barrel had been turned into a bloodbath when a shooter opened fire, killing at least four.

Derek and his family were staying only a mile and a half away from the brewery, but he decided it was safer not to walk with a killer on the loose in the college town.

So he ordered an Uber ride.

That decision could have cost them their lives.

A photo of a heavyset man with long, salt and pepper hair, glasses and a goatee popped up on the man’s phone. Uber’s app said his name was Jason and he would arrive shortly in a dark-colored Chevrolet SUV.

Sure enough, the car pulled up and the family of four climbed in, with Derek in the front seat.

“My father mentioned from the back seat, you know, the situation with the shooter,” Derek told NBC affiliate WOOD TV, using only his first name.

“I kind of jokingly said to the driver, ‘You’re not the shooter, are you?’” Derek said. “He gave me some sort of a ‘no’ response … shook his head. …

“I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m not, I’m just tired,’” he continued. “And we proceeded to have a pretty normal conversation after that.”

Roughly 20 minutes after the Uber driver dropped Derek and his family off at their hotel, a man matching the driver’s description was arrested nearby in connection with the deadly shooting spree.

Police identified the suspect as Jason Brian Dalton, a 45-year-old who had only recently begun working for the ride-hailing service.

When Derek saw photos of Dalton on Sunday morning, he called Kalamazoo Police detectives to report his brush with the suspect, he told WOOD TV.

A police spokesman would not confirm Derek’s account when contacted by The Washington Post early Monday morning, although authorities have said they believe Dalton appeared to continue looking for passengers even after his alleged shooting spree.

There was no doubt in the Indianapolis man’s mind, however, that he had received a ride from Dalton.

“It was the same guy,” Derek told WOOD TV.

He also provided the television station with his Uber receipt, which showed a man named Jason — who bears a striking resemblance to Dalton — and a time-stamp from shortly before Dalton’s arrest at 12:40 a.m. Sunday.

Uber has confirmed Dalton had been working with the company and said he had passed a background check.

“We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan,” Joe Sullivan, Uber’s chief security officer, said in a statement. “We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.”

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said Sunday that the attacks appeared to be “completely and totally random.”

Derek and his family weren’t the only Uber customers to have close encounters with Dalton before or during the mass shooting.

On Saturday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m., Dalton picked up a customer for a short ride, but the trip turned out to be so terrifying, his passenger practically leaped out and called 911.

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In an interview with The Washington Post, Matthew Mellen said that Dalton drove erratically, blowing through a stop sign, sideswiping another car, swerving in and out of traffic and refusing to stop. All the while, however, the Uber driver acted as though everything were normal, he said.

“He was, like, asking me, ‘Don’t you want to get to your friend’s house?’” Mellen said.

As soon as Dalton slowed down, Mellen jumped out and dialed 911, he told The Post. It wasn’t until two hours later, however, that police called him back.

By then, the alleged massacre had already begun.

According to Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting, the first victim was shot outside her apartment complex at about 6 p.m. She has not been named but is expected to survive, officials said.

Six others were not so lucky. On Sunday, police identified the dead as Mary Lou Nye, 63, of Baroda, Mich.; Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek; Dorothy Brown, 74, of Battle Creek; Barbara Hawthorne, 68, of Battle Creek; and father and son Richard Smith, 53, and Tyler Smith, 17, both of Kalamazoo.

Authorities in Kalamazoo plan to charge Dalton on Monday with six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and six counts of felony with a firearm.

A 14-year-old girl was “gravely injured” at Cracker Barrel, according to authorities. She was initially reported dead — the mass shooting’s supposed seventh victim — and was being prepped for organ donation when she suddenly squeezed her mother’s hand.

“Wow,” said a Kalamazoo police officer said when contacted by The Post early Monday morning. “It’s miraculous.”