Fake Uber driver charged with robbing passenger in January

Shawn Bond picked up his victim in the 1400 block of North Wells, prosecutors said. | Google; CPD

An Elmwood Park man is in custody, charged with posing as an Uber driver to rob a man in Old Town last winter.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Shawn Bond picked up a man in the 1400 block of North Wells Street early on January 14th while posing as a ride-hail service driver. Bond then drove to an unknown location and picked up an accomplice who pulled out a handgun and helped rob the 26-year-old victim of a wallet and phone, according to charges.

Bond was arrested near his home in the 1700 block of North Harlem on Thursday. The victim identified him in a photo line-up, police said.

Prosecutors have charged Bond with Class X felony armed robbery with a firearm and Class X felony kidnapping with a firearm. Judge Stephanie Miller ordered Bond held without bail.

Chicago police have repeatedly warned the public this year about robbery offenders who pose as Uber and Lyft drivers in the city’s nightlife districts. A series of community alerts from police has urged ride-hail service customers to confirm license plate numbers, vehicle information, and driver identification before entering their rides.
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