BALTIMORE – Another Baltimore rideshare driver was the victim of a violent carjacking early Monday morning.
Police said an Uber driver picked up four passengers at Block 4900 of Ardman Avenue in northeast Baltimore and told them to drive to Block 2300 of Terra Firma Road in the Cherry Hill neighborhood, about nine miles away.
Three of the passengers got out, but the rideshare driver was forced to drive to Block 2900 on Southland Avenue and told to exit the vehicle at gunpoint.
“How would you feel if one of your loved ones jumped in the car and someone held them at gunpoint and robbed them of their car?
It’s the latest in a string of violent robberies against rideshare drivers.
There were at least 40 rideshare carjackings in Baltimore City and Baltimore County since November.
Rideshare drivers are also being targeted in other cities.
“It’s crazy. Someone’s trying to make a living and the first thing you think is, ‘Oh, I’m going to borrow his car,'” Frank said.
Last week, Baltimore police told the city council that there have been 28 carjackings this year already.
When it comes to rideshares, police have warned passengers to match photos in the app with the driver, as criminals often steal not just the vehicle, but the driver’s phone and continue to rob passengers.
In Baltimore, many of the suspects are minors.
In 2022, suspects aged 10 to 17 committed 85 carjackings in Baltimore City.
The Uber carjacking incident in Cherry Hill follows a violent weekend that included an incident in West Baltimore where a woman Two children injured after being shot and crashed while driving— 3 years and 2 months.
Mayor Brandon Scott said Monday morning that “both homicides and shootings are down 25% from last year. Arrests for guns are up.” “We will go out there and hunt down people who do this. Is it because of the police station or is it Safe he’s on the street?”
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