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Robber with no vehicle used Uber as a getaway car

No car? No problem! It seems some people trust Uber enough to take advantage of "everyone's private getaway driver".

Published onOctober 11, 2015


Uber is known as one of the safest forms of private transportation, but even the innovative service can have its dangers. I like to take a look at the website, where there’s a comprehensive list of incidents many of us Uber users would rather not look at. It seems now the team can add a new incident, but this is not your usual occurrence.

Dashawn Terrell Cochran robbed a store in Parkville, Maryland. Armed with a gun and a bottle of Tylenol, he came up to the register and requested that the cashier give him all the cash. But there are two parts to a robbery: the actual theft… and the part where you get away with what you stole!

You will need some kind of getaway vehicle. And since this guy had none, he did what many of us would do when trying to get from point A to point B – he took an Uber!

Dashawn was caught by the authorities soon after he got on the back of the Lexus vehicle. But the odd part is that he wasn’t alone. The police mentioned a driver and another passenger were aboard, but they seem to be unrelated to the crime and had no idea who the robber was.

Cochran was charged with armed robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault and theft.

This just goes to show that not even Uber is completely safe. Try to take your precautions and always be safe! It’s not good to get too comfortable with any service, even one as safe as Uber. Have any of you been witness to any Uber horror stories? I personally haven’t. And the drivers are always pretty awesome folks!

Uber Technologies Inc. signage stands inside the company's office prior to Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaking in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 24, 2014. Rubio addressed the need to adapt antiquated government regulations to increase economic opportunities for the 21st century and outdated regulations limit consumer choice. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images