A 16-year-old girl Eliza Wasni who has been accused of stabbing her Uber driver to death in suburban Chicago was charged Wednesday as an adult with first-degree murder.
Lincolnwood police reports that they responded to a report of a man screaming for help at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday when they found Grant Nelson, 34, with multiple stab wounds.
The uber ride was the suspect’s third ride for the night. According to reports, Wasni was allegedly seen in the surveillance footage in a local Walmart, stealing a knife and machete after she had being dropped off after her second ride
The late Nelson, had just finished Memorial Day dinner with his family when he decided to make some extra cash driving the ride-sharing service, his family said.
Two minutes into the ride, Wasni “hack[ed] and stab[bed]” Nelson from the back seat, according to Cook County prosecutors.
When police found Nelson, he said he was an Uber driver and that his passenger stabbed him, police said. Officers located Wasni behind a building near the crime scene in possession of two weapons, Lincolnwood police said.
Nelson died at a nearby hospital a few hours later.
Uber officials said the company was working with police to provide information relevant to the investigation.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of one of our partners,” Uber said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”
Described as a gentle and kind man with no enemies, Nelson’s father told CBS Chicago the killing was random.
It is the first homicide in Lincolnwood since 2006, police said.