A teenage girl in Illinois stabs her Uber driver to death after stealing a machete from Walmart and requesting a ride from the store.
Eliza Wasni, a 16-year-old girl, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder. She was accused of killing an Uber driver Grant Nelson, 34, in suburban Chicago.
Eliza Wasni allegedly stole a knife and machete from a Walmart in Skokie. She was captured on surveillance video walking around the store carrying a knife and machete. She left without paying for the items and was picked up by Nelson. Two minutes into the ride, Eliza Wasni, who sat in the backseat, began stabbing Nelson.
The police responded to a report of a man screaming for help at about 3:20 a.m. They found Grant Nelson, 34, of Wilmette with multiple stab wounds. Nelson told them that he was a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber and his passenger stabbed him.
Nelson was able to pull the car over in front of a condo community and exited the car, shouting, “Help me! Help me! I’m going to die,” police said.
Concerned citizens called 911 and emergency officials found Nelson laying in the grass. Grant Nelson was transported to the hospital, where he died a few hours later. He was a pianist and waiter who worked part time as a driver for Uber and Lyft to make extra money.
The police found the suspect hiding behind a nearby building, behind an air conditioning unit with two weapons still in her hand and believed to have been used in the attack. A taser was deployed after she refused to drop the weapons and the teen was taken into custody.
It’s unclear what prompted the attack. Uber states that customers must be 18 years or older to use the service. Uber officials said the company was working with police to provide information relevant to the investigation.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of one of our partners,” Uber said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”
It is the first homicide in Lincolnwood since 2006, police said.
A service has been planned for Friday at Chicago’s Jewish Funerals in Skokie. The family has asked that donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Cook County North Suburban chapter and the Anti-Cruelty Society.