Rideshare Customer Is Locked In Car, Robbed After Entering Wrong Vehicle In Old Town

Police said the victim was unable to escape from the car until it reached Clark and Wrightwood. | Google

A rideshare customer who got into the wrong vehicle in Old Town yesterday evening was locked in the car and taken for a ride by a driver who later robbed her, police said.

The woman entered the car in the 1500 block of North Wells around 5:15 p.m. thinking that it was the car she had ordered. When the victim told the driver that he was heading in the wrong direction, he demanded her valuables, according to police.

A police spokesman said the woman tried to exit the vehicle several times along the mile-plus route, but she was unsuccessful until the car reached the 2600 block of North Clark at Wrightwood. Witnesses reported seeing a woman jump out of a red Ford Escape with rear end damage while screaming that she had been kidnapped. She was not injured.

The driver is described as a slender black male in his mid-20’s who was wearing a denim jacket. His car has an Indiana license plate that begins with the letters WSB, according to a witness at the scene.

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