FBI Springfield and Illinois State Police Warn of Rideshare-Related Carjackings in East St. Louis
FBI Springfield and Illinois State Police, along with the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Illinois are warning of rideshare-related carjacking incidents in the East St. Louis area. Law enforcement has reported seven carjacking incidents targeting rideshare drivers since late June. One was an attempted carjacking, and another resulted in a homicide.
Criminals are using fake profiles to conceal their identities when requesting pickups. When the driver arrives, their car is stolen, and in some instances, the victim’s cell phone and/or wallet is also stolen. The drivers are then left stranded in an unknown or unfamiliar location and can possibly be revictimized.
Law enforcement advises rideshare drivers to:
- Verify and screen riders.
- Don’t accept third-party requests.
- Be aware of your surroundings and familiar with pick-up and drop-off points.
- When possible, let a family member or trusted friend know your whereabouts.
The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately. Call FBI Springfield at 217-522-9675 or if immediate assistance is needed, dial 9-1-1.