Man reportedly robbed by his Uber driver

AP PHOTO/ERIC RISBERGIn this photo taken Tuesday

A man was reportedly robbed by his Uber driver near the waterfront on Saturday, police said Monday.

The 30-year-old victim, who was at a bar in the Marina, requested an Uber so he could get home about 12:30 a.m., Officer Albie Esparza said. The driver arrived and picked the victim up and he asked the driver to take him to his home near The Embarcadero.

During the drive home, the driver reportedly picked up an unknown woman, Esparza said.

As they continued on their way, the driver asked the victim if he'd like to buy some drugs or go to a house of prostitution, Esparza said. The victim said no and that he'd like to exit the vehicle.

However, the driver refused and kept driving along The Embarcadero. Once the car slowed down enough, the victim jumped out and fled the scene near Pier 30 and The Embarcadero.

The driver stopped the car and chased after him, kicking the victim in the leg and knocking him down, Esparza said. He then took the victim's debit card and cellphone.

The driver then got back into his car and drove away.

There was little description available of the driver and he was reportedly driving a black sedan town car, police said.

The victim reportedly sustained a dislocated knee in the ordeal, and it was initially reported by police that he did not require medical treatment but it turns out that the victim was able to contact his wife and she took him to the hospital, Esparza said.

Police could not confirm with certainty that the driver in this incident was actually an Uber driver, but the victim told police he believed he was, Esparza said.

A spokeswoman for Uber said they are aware of the incident and are working to gather more information and they have reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

The incident comes on the heels of another Uber driver accused of intentionally striking a bicyclist in Fisherman's Wharf last week.

In that case, 38-year-old Emerson Decarvalho is accused of striking a bicyclist during a road rage incident.

Dave Sutton, a spokesperson for “Who’s Driving You?” a public safety initiative of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, said in a statement Monday that he wondered what Uber was doing to patrol the safety of its drivers.

“Where is Uber’s patrol of off-duty cops running around behind its drivers to enforce the company’s new Code of Conduct?” he said in response to the ride-sharing company's new safety policy.

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