With multiple assaults, rapes and even murders, 2016 has seen a lot of rideshare driver-on-passenger crime. In many cases, these drivers had extensive criminal records, and in some, they didn’t even have active drivers licenses.
Most recently, a 23-year-old Michigan Uber driver named Jacob Matthew Allemon was charged with “assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder” after allegedly stabbing a passenger five times. The victim, a 49-year-old Beverly Hills man who was riding home from a holiday party with his wife, suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest, back and face but is expected to recover.
Bloomfield Township police responded to the 911 call this past Saturday at about 1:30 AM where they arrested Allemon at the scene. The investigation revealed Allemon attacked the passenger because he felt he “disrespected” his car. What Allemon was referring to, according to police, is when the victim tapped on the window to alert Allemon that they were entering the vehicle.
After the ride started, the driver drove approximately a mile before pulling into a shopping center parking lot and ordering the victim out of the vehicle, according to Click On Detroit. After the victim asked if they could wait for another Uber due to the snowstorm, an altercation ensued and the passenger was stabbed five times. The victim still managed to disarm Allemon and restrain him until police arrived.
This is just the latest in a string of such incidents. In recent months, the Observer has reported on several Uber and Lyft drivers who have been charged with various types of assault and rape. A Hawaii driver was charged with raping a teenage passenger, and another in Massachusetts allegedly groped and harassed a passenger for 45 miles. A driver in Delaware was charged for strangling a student passenger in a dorm parking lot, and another teenager was allegedly sexually assaulted by a driver in Ontario. The site Who’s Driving You?, which tracks various rideshare services, has documented more than 160 incidents ranging from assaults and deaths to kidknappings and DUIs for 2016. Most of these are cases of sexual assault and harassment.