Uber driver carjacked, pistol-whipped in Atlanta; teen girl in custody

Sept 07, 2018
  • By Chelsea Prince, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A sticker with the Uber logo is displayed in the window of a car. Atlanta police apprehended a 15-year-old girl after an Uber driver was car jacked when the teen and a man held him at gunpoint. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Police have a teenage girl in custody after an Uber driver was pulled from his vehicle and pistol-whipped in Atlanta early Friday.

The 15-year-old girl and another man jumped into the Uber driver’s car and were pursued by police down I-75, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was apprehended when they crashed, but the man ran off, he said.

Officers were called at 2:27 a.m. after the victim’s car was stolen. He told police he was stopped at a red light at an intersection when two people carrying handguns approached his car. 

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A man came to the driver’s window, while the teenage girl positioned herself at the front passenger window, Daugherty said.

“Both suspects pointed handguns towards the victim, so he opened the door to exit the vehicle,” he said. “The male suspect then pulled the victim from the vehicle and struck him across the face with the weapon. At that time, both suspects entered the vehicle and fled the location.”

The victim was treated on the scene for a small laceration over his left eye. 

Officers later spotted the car headed north on an area interstate and tried to pull it over. The car didn’t stop, Daugherty said, leading officers on a brief chase.

The man is still at large, according to police. Police have not said if the girl, who is not being named because she is a minor, will be charged.

An investigation is ongoing.