Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating an aggravated vehicular hijacking of a ride share driver, which occurred overnight.
On August 24, 2023, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 39800 block of Stoneywood Drive, Beach Park, for a report of a battered man.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located the victim, a 56-year-old man of Tukwila, WA. Sheriff’s deputies determined the man was driving for Uber when he was summoned to an address on Elizabeth Avenue, Zion, to pick up a fare. When he arrived on Elizabeth Avenue, four men entered his car (unknown physical description at this time). The Uber application instructed the victim to drive the four to the Stonewood Drive address.
As soon as arriving on Stonewood Drive, the four men began beating the driver and shoved him out of his car. They then drove away in his 2010 Mercedes-Benz. The man was able to call 911 from a local gas station, as his cellular phone was left in the vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies located an approximate location of the victim’s phone near Green Bay Road and 33rd Street. Sheriff’s K9 Axel searched the area and located the phone on the side of Green Bay Road, which had been discarded by the offenders.
The victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital with numerous facial injuries.
The stolen vehicle is a grey 2010 Mercedes-Benz 350. It last had Illinois Registration DW27466 affixed to the vehicle when it was stolen.
It is not believed the residents who live at the Stonewood Drive address were involved in this incident. Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 847-377-4000.