Uber Driver Arrested After Uptown Minneapolis Shooting

January 26, 2017 5:25 PM By Angela Davis

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An overnight shooting in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood has landed an Uber driver in jail.

Witnesses say gunshots were fired around 2 a.m. on the 1400 block of Lagoon Avenue, just outside the Uptown Tavern.

Minneapolis police arrested the suspected gunman, 38-year-old Abshir Yusuf Qanyare, of Mankato. They say he works as an Uber driver.

The victim, 26-year-old Abdullahi Mohamed of Minneapolis, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. He is expected to be OK.

One witness said he was playing darts inside Uptown Tavern when he heard gunshots and then saw Mohamed come stumbling through the doors. Mohamed was bleeding and holding a gun, the witness said. It appeared he was shot in the stomach.

No one else was hurt in the shooting, which remains under investigation. Police have yet to say what led up to the violence.

Qanyare was booked into the Hennepin County Jail, pending felony assault charges.


Wheelchair cyclist left lying in the street after being ‘repeatedly punched by road rage Uber driver’


The cyclist was left sitting dazed on the ground after the alleged attack


27th January 2017, 1:55 pm

A DISABLED cyclist was allegedly mowed down and punched unconscious in a horrific road rage attack with an Uber driver now arrested over the assault.

The cyclist, who was using a hand-pedal bike, was left dazed and bloodied after being hit by the car in the streets of London yesterday.

Mick, a taxi driver, witnessed the entire attack telling The Sun Online that the alleged attack had started when the Uber driver cut off the cyclist.

The cyclist is then claimed to have banged on the car, aggravating the driver. Mick said: “The driver jumped out, ran at the bike and basically jumped on him.”

Recounting the attack, he claimed: “It all calmed down for a few seconds then the driver realised his car had rolled into a parked car and he shouted ‘look at what you made me do’.

“He ran back at the cyclist and punched him full in the face and knocked him out, it was terrible.”

He said the cyclist was knocked out cold for 20 seconds, with police called over the attack.

Mick said: “Everyone was in shock and disbelief. “The cyclist was shaking, he was in shock.” He said that a terrified passenger had been in the Uber car the entire time.

One cyclist, Billy Clerkin, said he saw the cyclist, in his 20s, on the ground next to a busted hand-pedal bike on the ground. He alleged that the Uber driver had become “impatient” before knocking the cyclist over and punching him. The 24-year-old said: “The driver involved in the incident was shouting at the cyclist on the floor. “The cyclist had a cut up face, but he was OK.”

Horrified witnesses captured video of the aftermath of the crash, which happened on Endell Street about 4.30pm yesterday. The video of the scene shows the cyclist sitting dazed on the ground as witnesses rush to help.

In the video, the bike can be seen lying mangled on the ground. One person, believed to be the cyclist, can be heard speaking in the video, saying: “I have multiple witnesses”. The video shows a man in a red jumper standing by the silver Toyota Prius hybrid while talking on the phone.

The driver, who has since been banned from taking fares with Uber, then turns away from the camera.

A Met Police spokesperson said they had been called to the scene to reports of an assault yesterday. He said: “Officers attended and found a man aged in his 20s on the floor injured.“London Ambulance Service attended and took the victim to a south London hospital.“His injuries are not life-threatening.”

A 38-year-old was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and was taken to a north London police station for questioning.He has been bailed to return on a date in late-March.Police said that enquiries were continuing.

An Uber spokesperson said: “We are currently investigating these shocking reports.“Whenever there is a serious incident it is our policy to prevent the licensed private hire driver from using our app while we investigate.”

Helen Chapman, TfL’s General Manager for Taxi & Private Hire, said: “These are serious allegations and we are working with the police to urgently investigate them.”


Uber driver stabs passenger 5 times in Bloomfield Township

Police: Driver said passenger 'disrespected' his car


By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Chuck Jackson

Posted: 8:48 AM, December 19, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - An Uber driver stabbed his passenger five times early Saturday morning in Bloomfield Township because he felt his vehicle was being "disrespected," police said. 

The 23-year-old driver,  Jacob Matthew Allemon, has been arrested and arraigned on the charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. He is being held at the Oakland County Jail on a $250,000 bond. 


The victim, a 49-year-old Beverly Hills man, is expected to recover from injuries. He suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest, back and face, police said. He was treated at a hospital and released the next day. 

Here's what happened, according to Bloomfield Township police: 

On Saturday, December 17, 2016 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Bloomfield Township Police Department with the assistance from the Birmingham Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a person had been stabbed during a fight. The incident occurred in the parking lot of a shopping center at the corner of Maple Road and Cranbrook in Bloomfield Township. A Birmingham Police Officer was approximately two blocks from the location and arrived on scene within seconds of the 911 call. The officer found two male subjects fighting in the back seat of a 2012 Honda Civic.

Officers found a 49-year-old Beverly Hills man with multiple stab wounds to his chest, back, and face. Bloomfield Township Police arrested, Jacob Matthew Allemon, 23, of Berkley.

The investigation revealed the victim and his wife requested an Uber ride home from a holiday party. Allemon was nearby and accepted the Uber request. The victim tapped on the window to alert Allemon that they were entering the vehicle. Allemon felt his vehicle was disrespected when the victim tapped on the window. Allemon drove approximately a mile before pulling into the shopping center parking lot. He ordered the victim out of his vehicle. The victim asked if they could wait for another Uber due to the snowstorm. An altercation ensued and during the altercation Allemon stabbed the victim multiple times. The victim was able to disarm Allemon and restrain him until police arrived.

The Bloomfield Township Fire Department treated the victim and transported him to Royal Oak Beaumont where he was treated and released the next day.


New Milford Police: Uber Driver Says He Packed Illegal Gun For Protection


NEW MILFORD, N.J. -- An Uber driver from Jersey City who was pulled over after he ran a stop sign before dawn Sunday told a New Milford police officer that he kept an illegal .9mm handgun loaded with blanks on the floor of his car for protection, authorities said.

Officer Christopher Bores stopped the 2014 white Acura just before 4 a.m. after 23-year-old Jefferson Vidal-Marte blew a Rosse Avenue stop sign on New Bridge Road, made a wide turn and failed to maintain a lane while headed west on New Bridge just before 4 a.m., Detective Sgt. Kevin Van Saders told Daily Voice.

Bores stopped the car just into River Edge and spotted the black handgun on the floor of the driver's seat, Van Saders said.

New Milford backup Lt. Brian Clancy responded along with Officers Bryan Mone and Adam Conboy and River Edge police he said.

Vidal-Marte "advised that he was an Uber driver and stated he had the Ekol Alp 2 for protection," the sereant said.

A judge ordered him held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on illegal weapons possession charges. Borough police also cited him for failing to stop, failing to maintain a lane and making an improper turn.


Uber driver charged with sexually abusing 14-year-old girl near Ceresville

A Frederick man was charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl he met while working as an Uber driver last month, according to county sheriff’s deputies.

Nevard Renardo Sanderson, 28, of the first block of Waverley Drive, was charged with two counts of third-degree sex offense in an arrest warrant issued Oct. 12, according to court records. He was taken into custody Tuesday and remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday on $20,000 bail, of which he was required to pay 10 percent, the records state.

Sanderson initially denied knowing the girl when deputies interviewed him at his apartment Oct. 3, according to charging documents. He eventually admitted having sex with the girl after detectives showed him a series of text messages sent to the girl’s phone from his number.

Sanderson told police that he picked the girl up as she was walking along Md. 26 at about 2 a.m. Sept. 25 after dropping off an Uber client in the area. Sanderson also said that the girl told him she was 18 and that she came on to him, the documents state.

This account differed markedly from the version of events related by the girl when she spoke with detectives at Frederick Memorial Hospital at 5:30 a.m. Sept. 26.

The girl told the detectives she snuck out of her house to take a walk at about 2 a.m. Sept. 25 and was on her way home when Sanderson pulled up in a black Chrysler 300 and offered her a ride. The girl initially turned him down, but she changed her mind when he asked her a second time, the documents state.

The girl told police she pushed Sanderson away when he tried to kiss her while stopped at a red light, but she said she got scared and complied when he coaxed her into a sex act, according to the charging documents.

Sanderson dropped the girl off near her home after exchanging phone numbers with her and promising to get her an emergency contraceptive kit the next day, according to the girl’s statements to police in charging documents.

Detectives identified Sanderson using his phone number and text messages on the girl’s phone, the documents state.

Sanderson specifically told detectives that the girl was not an Uber customer and that he picked her up on his own after dropping off a client, according to the charging documents. Sanderson has since been banned from using the Uber app, said Susan Hendrick, a company spokeswoman.

“I can confirm that this individual has used the app in the past, I can also tell you that this person has been banned from using Uber, meaning he cannot provide any more trips,” Hendrick said when reached for comment Wednesday.

“As soon as we were made aware of this incident the individual’s access to the app was removed,” Hendrick said, adding that Uber drivers work as independent contractors, not employees.

All Uber drivers are subject to screenings and background checks in accordance with an individual state’s laws before entering into a contract with the company, Hendrick said. Sanderson did not have any prior criminal arrests in an online search of Maryland court records Wednesday.

A preliminary hearing in Sanderson’s case was scheduled to take place Nov. 2 in Frederick County District Court, according to online court records.


Despite hit-and-run, arrest in Berkeley, Uber driver still finds time to charge fee


September 13, 2016 2:25 pm by Emilie Raguso

A 27-year-old Hayward man dropping off an Uber fare in Berkeley flew into a “fit of rage” when he found his route blocked, then drove into a community service officer repeatedly Saturday night before fleeing police and ultimately being arrested, according to rider and police accounts.

The rider, a UC Berkeley student, and her friend “had to jump out of the moving car after he told us not to get out,” she wrote when she contacted Uber on Sunday.

She was charged $7 for the 4-minute ride. According to Uber, the driver would have had to manually end the trip for the fee to have been charged. The fare has since been refunded.

University of California Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Sabrina Reich said Tuesday that a driver for a ride-sharing service struck a UCPD community service officer shortly before 10:10 p.m. Saturday.

Reich confirmed the driver, M. Bilal, fled the scene but was found nearby and identified as the driver. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the vehicle.

Reich said the officer ultimately reported no injuries.

The rider, a UC Berkeley junior, said the driver was “seemingly nice” at first, until he found the road blocked at Rim Way and Centennial Drive, near the Greek Theatre where a large concert was taking place.

When the officer tried to stop the driver from getting through, the situation escalated.

He proceeded to swear at the security guard on the road and eventually accelerated into the man hitting him repeatedly with the car with my friend and I still inside,” she wrote to Uber on Sunday. (The email exchange was later shared with Berkeleyside.)

The young woman asked for the $7 charge for the ride to be refunded, as per the email exchange. She also requested a phone call from Uber and noted concerns for her safety in case the driver had access to her personal information.

She received a formulaic email response from a customer service rep identified as Sonali Dhan. Dhan said the fare would be refunded but did not address any of the other concerns, according to the emails.

The student then reached out to her mother, who got in touch with Berkeleyside.

“This is just nuts,” she wrote. “Do you mind taking a moment to read what is happening with Uber in Berkeley?”

Tracey Breeden, an Uber spokesperson, confirmed Uber had received feedback Sunday about an incident “very similar to what was provided” to her by Berkeleyside, though she said she could not confirm the driver’s name due to privacy rules.

Breeden said the driver had been suspended pending further investigation, and that his access to the Uber platform had been removed.

“We look into all allegations when we receive feedback like that,” Breeden said.

Breeden said Uber tried to contact the rider by phone and email but, as of Tuesday afternoon, had not been able to reach her.

The driver, she said, will remain suspended from the app until he is able to provide evidence or information, such as court documents, showing that there was no charge or conviction.

Breeden said Uber has its own team that investigates any incident that involves police, and that Uber takes security and safety very seriously. She said Uber’s incident-response team is on duty 24-7 to handle reports from riders and drivers alike.

If Uber receives feedback indicating a driver has been arrested or was driving dangerously, the service immediately and automatically suspends that driver until an investigation can be done, she added.

If the investigation finds those allegations to have been true, a driver can be suspended from the app for life, Breeden said.

The woman’s mother told Berkeleyside, ultimately, she is just grateful her daughter is safe.

“The driver was found and arrested and my daughter and her friend were advised to avoid Uber, by the police, as they do not conduct background checks,” she told Berkeleyside. “He suggested they use Lyft, in the future, as they do [conduct those checks].”

Bilal is no longer in custody and no further information was immediately available about his case.



Uber driver charged with attempted murder had an 'Extensive Criminal Record'

Yet he had no problem passing the background check

By Sage Lazzaro • 05/26/16 12:27pm

This isn’t looking good for Uber. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

It seems like an Uber driver is charged with a violent crime nearly every day. It’s not a stretch—just three days ago, we reported on a driver who was arrested for strangling a college student in a dorm parking lot. Now here we are again.

A 52-year-old Uber driver from Gaithersburg, Maryland has been charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder for trying to shoot police officers with a homemade gun. The driver, Jonathan Hemming, is also facing 17 additional assault, drug and weapons charges. According to WJLA, he has “an extensive criminal record” that includes weapons possession, arson, armed robbery, burglary, vehicle theft and more, yet Mr. Hemming had no problem passing the Uber background check.

The incident occurred last week when Montgomery County officers surrounded Mr. Hemming’s car to arrest him on a bench warrant for multiple drug charges. He allegedly resisted arrest and attempted, but failed, to fire at the heads of two detectives with one of the two weapons police say he had in the vehicle. After placing Mr. Hemming in handcuffs, officers also found a needle cap, a prescription vial, a syringe, rubber tie off straps, live shotgun shells, live handgun rounds, a pill bottle, a metal pill holder, a handcuff key, garden clippers and a pocket knife in his pants pockets. Although police say there were no Uber passengers in the car at the time, it was confirmed that was the vehicle he is assigned to drive for Uber.

When asked about Mr. Hemming at an unrelated Uber press conference, spokeswoman Meghan Joyce told ABC7, “I can say that we take this responsibility extraordinarily seriously.”

Again, this raises questions about the legitimacy of Uber’s background checks. Uber does not require its drivers to be fingerprinted, which officials say has led to the hiring of several people who have been convicted of violent crimes. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has said that a background check without fingerprints is “completely worthless.” And last month, Uber agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations by California prosecutors that it misled passengers about the quality of its driver background checks.