Man Confesses To Killing His Uber Driver, Posting A Video Of The Attack On Facebook
A 29-year-old man allegedly told police he had wanted to kill someone on Dec. 8 and that he didn’t pick his victim, “Uber picked her.”
On the afternoon of Dec. 8, Yolanda Dillion, a 54-year-old fiscal analyst at the New Orleans Police Department, was working her second job as an Uber driver. She picked up 29-year-old passenger Brandon Jacobs and when they arrived at his destination, he allegedly stabbed her to death.
Shortly before 3:00 p.m., someone reported a stabbing in the parking lot of a local hotel, according to a Facebook post from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Police arrived and found Dillion inside her car. She has been stabbed multiple times and died of her injuries a short time later after being taken to a hospital.
Jacobs has been charged with second-degree murder, and he was arrested within hours of the crime. He spoke with investigators after his arrest, and he confessed to stabbing Dillion at the end of the ride. As for his motivation, he said he just wanted to kill someone and randomly chose Dillion as his victim.
"He stated that he woke up yesterday morning and decided he was going to kill someone. We asked him specifically, 'How did you pick her?' His response was, 'I didn't pick her, Uber picked her,'" Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said at a news conference, reported PEOPLE.
Sheriff Lopinto also said that Jacobs recorded part of the attack and posted it to Facebook, but the violent video has since been taken down. Jacobs is being held without the opportunity for bail.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said that the police department’s fiscal unit is taking Dillion’s death “pretty hard” and he said that she will be “dearly missed.”
Uber told CNN via email that the company is “extremely disturbed by this senseless attack.”
“Our thoughts are with Yolanda’s family, and we are reaching out to them to offer condolences and support. We are actively working with the police on their investigation,” the email from Uber stated.
A GoFundMe has been set up in support of Dillion's family.