Lyft driver allegedly threatened passengers with metal pipe in North End
A Boston man working for the Lyft ride sharing service is facing criminal charges for allegedly threatening two clients with a metal pipe in Boston’s North End early Sunday during a dispute over money, Boston police said.
Jesse Colon, 45, was arrested and charged with assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon following the incident that took place around 12:42 a.m. near the intersection of Clark and Hanover streets.
Police said the victims were a man and a woman who told arriving officers that “the suspect was working for a ride-sharing service at the time of the incident and that the dispute had started over money.”
The victims told police Colon had given them a ride through the Lyft service and that they were dropped off at their destination. However, after arriving, the man and woman realized some personal items had been left in the Lyft vehicle and asked Colon to return.
“When the driver returned, the parties began to argue and a fight occurred,’’ police wrote in an e-mail about the incident. “During the incident, the suspect brandished a metal pipe and threatened one of the victims.”
In a statement sent to media outlets, Lyft called the incident “extremely concerning.”
“The safety of the Lyft community is our number one priority,’’ the statement reads. “We have reached out to the passenger to offer our assistance and have deactivated the driver. We stand ready to assist with any police investigation.”