WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An UberEatsfood delivery driver wanted for fatally shooting an Atlanta customer is now in police custody.
- Local media WSB-TV reported that the driver, identified as Robert Bivines turned himself in on Monday.
- In a statement, the police said they had a warrant charging the UberEatsdriver with felony murder.
Investigators said the victim, identified as 30-year-old Ryan Thornton, ordered food delivery from UberEats late Saturday. He went outside his apartment complex to pick up his food. Witnesses told the investigators that the driver and Thornton exchanged words before the latter was shot.
The 36-year-old driver passed a background check before he was hired by UberEats, according to a statement cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The company also said that Bivines had worked for only days with them.
WSB-TV reported that Bivines’ attorney, Jackie Patterson, said that his client defended himself when the victim allegedly became irate and aggressive over his food order.
In an issued statement, UberEats said: “We are shocked and saddened by this news. We are working with Atlanta Police, and our hearts go out to the families of those involved.”
The company prohibits drivers from carrying weapons.
UberEats is part of the transportation network company, Uber. It competes with other third-party delivery services like GrubHub, Postmates, and Seamless.
This is the first incident that an UberEats delivery driver has been incriminated in a murder. But Uber’s “hiring criteria and obligation to the safety of its passengers has been doubted in the past.
One of its driver, 45-year-old Jason Dalton, murdered six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2015.
In October, another Uber driver in San Antonio was charged with sexual assault after allegedly raping an unconscious passenger in his car. Another charge was filed in August by a woman from New York claiming she was assaulted by an Uber driver after she’d passed out in the car.
The company made an announcement in November saying that it was taking new measures toward preventing sexual assault and domestic violence. That includes an introduction to a training program.
In 2017, former employee Susan Fowler revealed an unflattering statement of her one-year experience at the company. Uber’s founder and CEO Travis Kalanick resigned in June as part of the company’s house-cleaning effort.
Source: The Guardian