UPDATE Saturday Nov 4 – Boone Police have announced the person in question has contacted them and is cooperating with investigators. The Department would like to thank everyone for their assistance.
High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:
On September 24, 2017, the Boone Police Department received a report of an assault involving an “Uber” driver. The reporting victim and her friends ordered an “Uber” and were picked up in the early morning hours. The “Uber” driver was reported to be of middle-eastern descent (mid-thirties) and driving a Toyota Camry.
On October 6, 2017, at approximately 3AM, an actual Uber driver received a call for a pickup in Boone. As he was waiting for his fare, the Uber driver observed a gray Toyota Camry (FL Registration), pull up and collect his fare. The fare then gets out of that vehicle and approaches the real Uber driver and his vehicle. The fare told the real Uber driver that this person was acting suspicious, and falsely identified himself as their Uber driver. The fare did not recognize the driver as their driver (Uber provided a photograph with the phone application) and got out of the vehicle. The fare described this male as either Middle-Eastern or of Hispanic descent, and of a darker skin color.
On November 1, 2017, at approximately 2AM, the actual Uber driver from the October 6, 2017 incident observed the same vehicle (a gray Toyota Camry Florida Registration) traveling up and down W. King St., and stop in front of populated bars, without picking up fares.
The Boone Police Department is conducting an active investigation into these matters and are asking all citizens and rideshare users to ensure that they are being picked up by their appropriate drivers/vehicles/ ride-share service, and when using these services, to travel in pairs.
If you have any information to provide in regards to these incidents or any other suspicious activity involving ride sharing services, please contact the Boone Police Department.
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.
High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.