CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Uber driver in Charlotte said he was attacked by a passenger who thought he was Muslim, according to WBTV.
“He asked me if I was a Muslim. I said I was not a Muslim,” the victim, Samson Woldemichael, told WBTV. “I was driving and he hit me while I was driving.”
Woldemichael said it happened early Sunday morning when he went to pick the passenger up from a bar.
When Woldemichael arrived at the man’s drop off location, which was about 15 minutes from the bar, the passenger became belligerent.
“He said he’s gonna shoot me right in the face. He’s gonna strangle me,” Woldemichael told WBTV. “I asked him why. He was calling me too many bad word names… insulting me. He told me I was a Muslim.”
Woldemichael came to the U.S. from Ethiopia about eight years ago. He said he didn’t understand why they passenger was threatening him.
“I told him in the first place I was not a Muslim. It’s not right to generalize people and do that,” he said.
The passenger then threatened to kill Woldemichael, and that’s when he was asked to get out of the car. When the passenger refused, Woldemichael started driving because he didn’t feel safe.
“So after driving around the block, he hit from the back real hard on the forehead. Fortunately, I didn’t lose consciousness. I didn’t pass out,” Woldemichael said. “He charged with one and he was beating with the other repeatedly on my head.”
That’s when the Uber driver stopped the car and began honking his horn to draw attention.
The passenger got out and ran a short distance before stopping.
“He was saying he would shoot me and he was acting like he’s hiding his hand in his back, so he was acting like he was armed.” Woldemichael then decided to drive off and call 911.
So far, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have not made an arrest in the case, but Woldemichael is hoping they are able to track the passenger down.