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Police: Uber Eats driver assaulted, carjacked near 24th Street and Baseline Road

Uber Eats driver assaulted, carjacked at IHOP in Phoenix
Posted at 9:37 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 20:11:34-05

PHOENIX, AZ — An Uber Eats delivery driver is recovering after being assaulted and carjacked in Phoenix Tuesday night.

The incident happened at an IHOP restaurant near 24th Street and Baseline Road.

Phoenix police say the driver walked into the restaurant to pick up an order.

Three suspects, two men and a woman confronted the victim and demanded his vehicle at gunpoint.

A fight ensued and the victim sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The suspects stole the victim's vehicle and fled the scene. The victim was treated at the scene.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

The victim is not being identified at this time.

In a statement, a company spokesperson called the driver's experience "disturbing."

"We look forward to working with police and are thankful the driver is doing okay," the company said. "Uber has a number of safety features in place for drivers, including an emergency button, trip sharing feature, and 911 integration technology in 40+ cities across the US, including Phoenix."

Tuesday's incident comes less than a week after a Uber driver was attacked and had his throat slit while in Tolleson.

In January, a pregnant Lyft driver was stabbed and killed by a passenger she dropped off in Tempe.

Both attacks have prompted questions over rideshare companies' weapons policiesand whether or not drivers are allowed to carry weapons when they are working.

If anybody has information about this incident, please contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.