Fake “Uber” Ride is Set Up for Robbery

Published : Saturday, January 5, 2019 | 9:28 AM

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[Updated] A young man accepted what he thought was an Uber ride to Pasadena with an acquaintance only to find himself being beaten and robbed at the destination early Saturday morning, Pasadena police said.

The 20-year-old Los Angeles man accepted the ride in Hollywood with a man whom he frequently saw at a bar, Lt. Marcia Taglioretti said.

The pair got into a black Mazda sports utility vehicle the victim believed was being driven by an authorized Uber driver. There may have been a fourth person in the car, but that has not yet been established as fact, Taglioretti said.

When the car arrived in Pasadena in the area of the 400 block of Summit Avenue about 3 a.m., both the acquaintance and the driver got out and confronted the victim outside the car.

The two suspects demanded the victim turn over his cell phone, which he did, Taglioretti said.

Next man who had offered the ride to the victim struck the victim on the head with his fists. Both suspects began to hit the victim in the face.

One suspect grabbed the victim’s wallet, which contained an unknown amount of currency, and then both robbers got into the car and fled the scene, Taglioretti said.

The victim was not seriously injured, she said.

The suspects, described as young black men about  20 years of age, are still outstanding. The victim was unable to provide much information about the man from whom he had accepted the ride, other than to describe him as sporting shoulder-length red dreadlocks.

Taglioretti said an investigation is continuing into the robbery.

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