Uber driver kidnapped, carjacked overnight in Detroit

Posted at 11:29 AM, Aug 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 08:47:47-04

Detroit police are investigating after an Uber driver was kidnapped and carjacked on the city's west side early Sunday morning.

According to police, the suspect ordered an Uber around 3:54 a.m. in the area of Schoolcraft and Schaefer. The driver, a 30-year-old man in a 2008 Lincoln Navigator then picked the suspect up.

That's when police say the suspect ordered the victim to drive to a nearby Chase Bank and withdraw $2,000 from the ATM.

The victim then gave the suspect $120 in cash of his own money, and wrestled the gun away from the suspect. The suspect was able to get control of the vehicle and took off, and the victim rolled out of the vehicle uninjured.

Police are looking for a black male, 5-feet-5-inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with short hair, light complexion and clean shaven.

They are also looking for the black Navigator.

A spokeswoman for Uber released this statement: "We've reached out to the partner-driver to check on his wellbeing and stand ready to provide police with any information needed for their investigation."

Detroit Police also confirm a report was filed involving a Lyft driver Saturday night.

In a Facebook post, a man claiming to be a Lyft Driver said he was terrorized by two men with guns posing as passengers and stated, “I was held hostage for around an hour and assaulted with the gun.  I will no longer be driving.  Please stay safe.” 

He stated it happened on Fielding, also on Detroit’s west side.

7 Action News made several attempts to contacted the person who posted the comment.  No one returned our calls.

It is not clear if these two cases are connected.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s Commercial Auto Theft Unit at (313) 596-2555.