Phoenix Uber driver attack caught on dashcam, suspect sought

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Deputies in Phoenix, Arizona, are investigating an incident in which an Uber customer attacked his driver before leaving the scene – a dramatic incident caught on surveillance video. 

The Uber driver, Jonathan Carroll, picked up the customer in the Laveen area around 2 a.m., Fox 10 of Phoenix reported.

According to the report, the unidentified suspect entered Carroll’s vehicle and began to argue with Carroll over the pick-up location. The two men feuded and Carroll then refuses to provide the man with a ride.

Surveillance footage shows Uber driver Jonathan Carroll punched repeatedly after picking up a passenger. 

Surveillance footage shows Uber driver Jonathan Carroll punched repeatedly after picking up a passenger. 

A dashcam then captured the suspect in the back seat of the vehicle reaching forward and striking Carroll several times before he collected his things and got out of the car.

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This was the first time Carroll experienced this type of problematic customer in the eight years he has been a ride-share driver, he told the outlet.

Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. signage displayed on the windshield of a vehicle in 2019.

Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. signage displayed on the windshield of a vehicle in 2019. (Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg via Getty Images, File)

“The vast majority of the time, I don’t have any issues with people. I’ve never felt like my life was threatened by anybody,” Carroll said. “I was pretty calm during the entire thing. I didn’t shout obscenities or anything or even remotely start throwing punches or anything like that, and it just escalated, and he started sucker-punching me.”

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The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone with information regarding the case to contact them at 602-876-TIPS or report anonymous tips to Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.