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Published on December 28th, 2015 |

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Police doubt 1 of 2 reports of alleged robberies by Uber drivers Dec. 27

Atlanta police are questioning the story of a man who said he was beaten, robbed, and thrown down a drainage pipe in Buckhead by an Uber driver over the weekend. It was one of two alleged robbery incidents early Sunday morning in which the victim accused an Uber driver.

The victim originally told police the driver picked him up on Irby Avenue after he left Churchill’s Pub in the Buckhead West Village about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The driver allegedly changed course and took the victim to a parking lot at 3400 Peachtree Road.

In the report, the victim said he was pulled from the car, beaten unconscious, and then thrown down a nine foot drain pipe. He told officers whoever beat him up stole his iPhone 6, $250 in cash, and his Wells Fargo bank card.

The victim reportedly woke up two hours later and began screaming for help, according to the report. A nearby security guard or off-duty police officer heard his cries and called 911.

He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with a laceration to the face, a swollen eye; bruise marks all over his body and a bruised right knee, the report states.

A police statement released Tuesday afternoon says investigators “are certain that the Uber driver did not participate in any robbery,” noting he was on another trip when the alleged robbery took place. Furthermore, police haven’t concluded that the victim was robbed at all.

Police said that security camera footage showed the victim walking into the alleged crime scene, a parking lot in the 3400 block of Peachtree Road, without being followed or trailed by anyone.

Security camera footage also showed the victim walking down the creek adjacent to the drain pipe he said he was tossed into after he was robbed.

The victim also admitted to firefighters rescuing him that he had been drinking, the police statement says.

(Editor’s Note: The following is the original story posted on Sunday evening by BuckheadView.)

Two different people are alleging they were robbed early Sunday morning (Dec. 27) by their Uber drivers on their way home—after being picked up or dropped off in Buckhead—but the company is denying at least one of those situations ever happened, according to a report by WXIA-TV 11Alive news.

The two people are alleging their Uber drivers attacked them in incidents that were just a few miles apart. But Uber officials told 11Alive that at least one of the trips never happened.

One of those allegations was made in a social media post that spread like wildfire across the internet Sunday, according to the 11Alive news posting. There, thousands of people have shared the post that also was sent to 11Alive by several viewers.

When customers order an Uber driver on their phone, Uber sends the customer a picture of the driver and of their car for identification purposes. These are safety features that are supposed to protect the customer from being picked up by a non-Uber driver.

In the first of two allegations, a woman claimed her brother was beaten and left for dead by his Uber driver after he was picked up at undisclosed Buckhead location. An off-duty officer walked by a few hours later and rescued the man, she said.

doubtAtlanta police are investigating allegations made by a man who said his Uber driver beat him unconscious after picking him up from a Buckhead bar Sunday.

The victim told police the driver picked him up on Irby Avenue after he left Churchill’s Pub about 2:45 a.m., a police report says. The driver allegedly changed course and took the victim to the 3400 block of Peachtree Road.

In the report, the victim said he was pulled from the car, beaten unconscious, and then thrown down a nine foot drain pipe. He told officers whoever beat him up stole his iPhone 6, $250 in cash, and his Wells Fargo bank card.

The victim woke up two hours later and began screaming for help, according to the report. A nearby security guard or off-duty police officer heard his cries and called 911.

He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with a laceration to the face, a swollen eye; bruise marks all over his body and a bruised right knee, the report states.

Police are investigating the victim’s Uber account to try to locate the driver.

The second report by 11Alive and posted by BuckheadView on Sunday was based on a police report that had been filed at the time. In the report, a man told police he was picked up by an Uber driver just before 3 a.m. Sunday outside of BJ Roosters on Cheshire Bridge Road.

He said he was picked up by a driver in a black sedan. The driver, a black man, and a Hispanic passenger allegedly robbed him at gunpoint, stealing his wallet, cell phone and $100 in cash, according to the report.

The victim said the men drove him around for a while before dropping him off at the intersection of Interstate 75 and Moores Mill Road. The victim told police that with no cell phone and no one around, he had to walk for over an hour before he could report the robbery.

Uber officials told 11Alive that they have no knowledge of this incident but are investigating it. 11Alive reportedly requested comment from all of the people who made these allegations but they could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Uber is looking into both allegations, according to the 11Alive report.

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