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Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Uber Driver Allegedly Said He Woke Up, ‘Decided He Was Going To Kill Someone’

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Source: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Dec. 13 2022, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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A Louisiana man is in custody after police said he allegedly “wanted to kill someone” so he stabbed an Uber driver.

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Around 3 p.m. on Dec. 8, deputies with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office responding to a report of a stabbing at a hotel parking lot in Harvey found Yolanda Dillon, 54, wounded inside her vehicle, officials said.

Dillon was rushed to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her multiple stabbing injuries.

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Within hours, the sheriff office said, deputies arrested Brandon Jacobs, 29, at the hotel and charged him with second-degree murder.

According to the sheriff’s office, Jacobs got a ride with Dillon, an Uber driver, from New Orleans to the hotel, where the incident occurred.

During an interview, Jacobs allegedly admitted he stabbed Dillon at the end of the ride, telling detectives that “he selected the victim at random because he wanted to kill someone,” the sheriff’s office said.

“He stated that he woke up yesterday morning and decided he was going to kill someone,” Sheriff Joseph Lapinto said at a news conference covered by the Associated Press. “We asked him specifically, ‘How did you pick her?’ His response was, 'I didn't pick her, Uber picked her.’”

KSLA reported the victim had been employed with the New Orleans Police Department for 10 years as a fiscal analyst and also drove for Uber as a side gig at the time of the deadly attack.


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