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January 10, 2018: Man Charged in Uber Driver Attack, Robbery

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A man who allegedly attacked and robbed an Uber driver was charged late yesterday with one count each of second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Deveon Deonteray Wilson (dob 7/10/91) of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles County Superior Court in case BA464219. The charges include special allegations of using a weapon during a carjacking and causing great bodily injury.

Wilson’s next scheduled court appearance is a preliminary hearing Jan. 23 in Department 35 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

According to prosecutors, Wilson got into an Uber ride-sharing vehicle the evening of Jan. 5 that had gotten a call for a pickup near the intersection of Broadway Place and 39th Street in Los Angeles. Once inside, he allegedly hit the driver with a wrench.

The driver pulled over and fell from the car as he exited, and Wilson allegedly continued to hit him while he was on the ground. Wilson is accused of stealing the victim’s wallet, cell phone and car, which the defendant allegedly used to flee the scene.

The victim was treated for his injuries, and officers with the Los Angeles Police Department, Newton Division, arrested Wilson that night.

The defendant faces up to 15 years, 8 months in state prison if convicted as charged. Bail was set at $150,000.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.