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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Sep. 12, 2016 2 years ago

Police seeking man who posed as Uber driver in downtown Ormond

Another Uber driver heard about the incident and reported the incident to police.
by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

The Ormond Beach Police Department is looking for information about a suspicious person who posed as an Uber driver in downtown on Friday night. 

The incident was reported to OBPD Sept. 11 by an actual Uber driver that heard about it from the alleged victims. The driver reported that several ladies were waiting for an Uber driver outside of a restaurant Sept. 9 in downtown Ormond Beach. The suspect apparently noticed the potential victims looking at their phones and approached them in his vehicle, asking if they were waiting for Uber.

The ladies acknowledged that they were, and the suspect told them to get in his vehicle. Before doing so, one of the potential victims looked at her Uber app and noticed that the driver and vehicle information did not match that of the suspect.

The suspect became insistent, telling the ladies to get in his vehicle while continuing to identify himself as their Uber driver. When the actual Uber driver arrived, the suspect fled the area.

The suspect is male, Hispanic descent, with a muscular build and teardrop tattoos on his face. The vehicle he was driving was possibly a black Chrysler 300, described as “tricked out” with a Tennessee license plate. 

The public is strongly urged to verify their taxi transportation services and to utilize the security features on their Uber app when requesting their services. Uber usually provides a picture of the driver, the driver’s vehicle and the vehicle’s tag number when requested. It also will provide the GPS position of the Uber driver and estimated time of their arrival when available.

The police urge residents to always remain aware of their surroundings and report any activity of this sort to 911 immediately.

So far, this incident has been reported third-hand, and OBPD is asking for the potential victims in this case, or any others who have experienced similar situations to contact Sgt. D.W. Smith at 676-3520.

The police are also asking for anyone with any information about the suspect or vehicle described to come forward with that as well.

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