BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Michigan — An Uber ride that began with the driver feeling a passenger had “disrespected his car” ended in bloodshed when the driver pulled out a knife and stabbed the man five times, police in Michigan said.
Bloomfield Township police say the altercation began early Saturday when a husband and wife leaving a party called for an Uber. When Jacob Matthew Allemon, 23, arrived in his 2012 Honda Civic, the male passenger knocked on his windshield.
“Allemon felt that his vehicle was disrespected when the victim tapped on the window,” police said in a statement.
After driving the couple a mile, Allemon decided to end the ride in a parking lot, but the couple declined to get out of his car until they could get another Uber to pick them up as it was snowing, police said.
“The husband tells him, ‘(Expletive) you, you little (expletive). We are not getting out until another Uber driver arrives,’ ” according to a police report obtained by the Detroit News.
Allemon told cops that the man started to choke him and that he feared for his life so he pulled out a knife in self defense. Investigators have cast doubt on Allemon’s version of events because he had no visible marks on his body.
The passenger in his statement to cops insists he didn’t get physical with Allemon until he lunged into the back seat and started hacking away with a knife. His wife called 911 and the passenger managed to restrain Allemon until cops arrived.
When police arrived, they said the passenger was covered in blood. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was released the next day. Allemon was charged with assault with intent to do bodily harm and was held on $250,000 bond.
In a statement, Uber said it was appalled by Allemon’s actions and that he has been banned from the ride-sharing app.