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Police: Seattle U riders try to rob Uber driver in dispute over changed destination

Three criminal masterminds are being sought as suspects in a robbery incident near 11th and Madison Monday night after an Uber driver was attacked by her riders who she said tried to steal her cell phone and pulled on her head scarf in an argument over a change in destination on the ride.

According to the SPD report on the incident, the driver contacted police just after 8 PM to report the attempted strong arm robbery in her vehicle involving a customer and two other riders. The driver told police that she picked up the passengers in Shoreline for a ride to Seattle University. When the driver arrived at 11th and Madison, the Uber customer told her to drive to a new location and was told to enter the destination in the rideshare’s app.

That’s when things went bad quickly:

Police reviewed Seattle University security video and building entrance records and were able to track the three suspects  — one was wearing a purple UW jacket —  to student housing on E Madison where the keycard that was used for entry led them to a suspect’s apartment in the building. Police say the male first admitted to being in an Uber with his friends during an incident but then “backtracked” and said he had heard about an incident involving his friends.

There were no immediate arrests.

Police took a copy of the surveillance video into evidence and a robbery detective has been assigned to the case, SPD says.

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