Uber driver assaulted

AN Uber driver was warned, “Don’t call the police or I will shoot you” by one of two men who attacked and robbed him in Wells Rd Chelsea, 2.30am, Monday 13 March.

The 28-year-old, of Pascoe Vale, had pulled over when his car overheated after dropping off a passenger in Frankston. Police said two men in a silver Ford Territory which stopped nearby demanded the driver hand over “everything he had”.

When the driver said he only had a phone the pair punched, kicked and choked him before stealing his phone and wallet containing various credit and security cards.

They then got back in the Ford Territory, registration number 1FA4EI, and did a U-turn before threatening the victim and driving off. The driver flagged down a taxi in Mentone and reported the incident to police.

The Ford Territory involved in the assault was earlier stolen from the driveway of a house in Naples St, Mentone, and used during a drive-off at a service station in Braeside.

CCTV shows a man about 178cm tall with tattoos on his arms, chest and legs filling the tank with $50 of fuel from the Coles Express. The Uber driver’s two attackers are described as Caucasian, in their 20s with Australian accents, one 177cm tall wearing a black t-shirt and the other, 172cm tall, wearing a black hoodie.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 15 March 2017

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