Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating an attempt vehicular hijacking and robbery that occurred during the overnight hours in Beach Park.
On September 23, 2023, at approximately 2:05 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 10100 block of West Talmadge Avenue, Beach Park, for a robbery. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located the victim, a 40-year-old man of South Dakota. The victim had injuries to his head and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Preliminary investigation shows the victim was summoned via a mobile ride share app to an unknown address to pick up three passengers. When the victim and suspects arrived at the destination address in the 10100 block of West Talmadge Avene, the three attacked the victim and attempted to take his vehicle. The victim fought back, started yelling, and honked the car’s horn. The victim was then struck in the head with an unknown object and the three stole his cellphone before fleeing on foot.
A sheriff’s canine team responded to the scene to conduct a track, however, the track concluded without locating the offenders. The victim’s cellular phone was located approximately three miles away from the scene, on the side of a roadway.
Evidence technicians collected evidence at the scene that will be further examined in an attempt to identify the offenders. Sheriff’s detectives continue to actively investigate the crime.
Some safety tips for ride share drivers include:
Always verify your rider
Know the area you are providing rides
Do not help riders with luggage or other items
Park vehicle in a manner that allows you to drive away quickly
Pay attention to rider ratings
Do not pick up riders with ‘phantom profiles’
Utilize a dash camera that records riders
^^ MOBILE? USE VOICE MIC ^^
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