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Uber driver in Arizona had throat slit by passenger; man arrested, police say

Uber driver in Arizona had throat slit by passenger; man arrested, police say

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A person in Arizona was arrested Thursday for allegedly slitting the throat of an Uber driver, lower than every week after a pregnant lady working for ride-share competitor Lyft was stabbed and killed.

Francisco J. Diaz, 45, has been charged with second-degree tried homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault in reference to the incident, in accordance with courtroom paperwork obtained by FOX10.

The unidentified Uber driver informed police that Diaz was picked up from a Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear, Ariz. Wednesday night time. Throughout the experience, the 45-year-old produced a “giant knife” he later utilized in an unprovoked assault to slash and stab the motive force earlier than he fled from the automobile.

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The motive force drove away and referred to as 911 earlier than being taken to a trauma heart with in depth accidents.

Francisco J. Diaz was arrested after allegedly slitting the throat of an Uber driver on Wednesday.

Francisco J. Diaz was arrested after allegedly slitting the throat of an Uber driver on Wednesday.
(Maricopa County Jail)

“What the motive force skilled is horrifying,” an Uber spokesperson informed Fox Information on Sunday. “There’s nothing extra essential than the protection of the drivers and riders we serve. We’re relieved he’s recovering and stand prepared to assist police of their investigation.”

Diaz was arrested Thursday after Tolleson Police, in coordination with the FBI Violent Crime Process Power, performed an investigation and took the 45-year-old into custody at his residence with out incident.

The motive force, who requested to not be recognized out of fears for his personal security, informed 12 Information he needed to obtain greater than 20 staples in his throat from the harm.

“Blood simply began gushing out,” he informed the tv station. “I saved saying, ‘I am not going to die.”

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A lady informed FOX 10 she noticed the suspect on the bar earlier than the assault.

“He type of went across the bar, and he began displaying that knife and I wasn’t snug. Neither had been my visitors or staff,” Liz Glenn stated, including that she was shocked after seeing Diaz’s mugshot on the information.

Glenn informed FOX10 he had chilling final phrases.

“He stated, ‘you do not know what I am able to,'” stated Glenn. “He stated that time and again, to totally different individuals who had been attempting to get him out of the bar and away from the scenario.”

In courtroom paperwork obtained by FOX10, Diaz stated he admitted to pulling out a knife he possessed,  swinging the knife on the driver and reducing his palms, including that he felt the Uber driver was going to harm him.

The 45-year-old is being held on a $500,000 money solely bond and will probably be positioned underneath digital monitoring if he’s launched. He’s set to seem in courtroom subsequent on Feb. 7.

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The assault within the Phoenix suburb got here the identical week Lyft rider brutally stabbed his pregnant driver a number of occasions, killing her and her unborn little one earlier than stealing the sufferer’s automobile.

Fabian Durazo, 20, drove almost 150 miles earlier than being arrested close to the California line on Monday, officers stated. Tempe Police stated sufferer Kristina Howato, 39, was in her third trimester of being pregnant, a report stated.

Fox Information’ Amy Lieu contributed to this report.


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