Robbery suspect tried to make Uber his getaway car, police say
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
Hiring an accomplice to, say rob a bank or a store, can be a messy affair.
It makes things a little less secret. It’s also an additional expense.
Could it be that some nefarious types are now resorting to simply booking an Uber for the moment that they scarper from the scene?
I only ask because of 23-year-old Dashawn Terrell Cochran. As ABC News reports, he allegedly walked into a store in Parkville, Maryland, grabbed some Tylenol and then held up the store clerk at gunpoint.
He allegedly made off with some cash. Eyewitnesses say he got into a silver Lexus.
The police managed to catch up with it and arrested Cochran. The driver, however, reportedly told the police that he was, in fact, an Uber driver.
Indeed, WBAL-TV reports that the driver had no idea that he was ferrying an alleged armed robber.
What seems even more peculiar is that there were three people in the car and neither the driver nor the other passenger reportedly had any idea who Cochran was.
Neither the Baltimore County Police Department nor Uber was immediately available for comment.
Just as some have complained that Uber drivers themselves can pose dangers — not least to female passengers — the drivers themselves may not always know who their passengers are. Some passengers might be known to Uber and have consistent ratings. Others may not.
It’s unclear whether Cochran had booked the car or whether he had simply managed to jump into it, as it was picking up someone else.
Cochran is currently in Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail. He has been charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and theft of less than $1,000.