ATLANTA — A man is recovering after being attacked two men during what he thought was an Uber ride. Uber is denying the ride ever happened.
According to a recently released police report, the victim requested an Uber and was picked up on Irby Ave after leaving Churchill’s British Pub in Buckhead around 2:45 Sunday morning.
When he got in, there was another passenger inside. According to the police report, the driver changed his course and ended up taking him to another location at 3434 Peachtree Road. At the Presbyterian church, he was removed from the vehicle and beaten until he was unconscious.
He was then thrown down a drainage pipe that is reportedly eight to nine feet deep.
The victim told police he began to scream for help after regaining consciousness hours later. An off-duty officer heard him, called 911 and a fire rescue team removed him from the drainage system.
He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center with lacerations to the face, a swollen eye, and bruise marks all over his body.
An iPhone, $250 in cash, and a Wells Fargo bank card were stolen, according to the victim.
The news of this attack was first made pubic in a now viral Facebook post where a woman said her brother was robbed, attacked and bumped by his Uber driver.
Uber officials told 11Alive that the trip never happened.
The driver whose photo is included in the viral post said he canceled the trip and immediately picked up someone else.
Uber Spokesperson Kayla Whaling said their system that collects and stores all trip information show the ride did not occur.
“We’ve proactively reached out to police to provide them this information to show that the trip was cancelled by the driver and it never happened and then the driver immediately took other rides following this trip,” Whaling said.
That same day, another person said they were attacked robbed by their Uber driver.
A man told police he was picked up by an Uber driver just before 3 a.m. Sunday outside of BJ Roosters on Cheshire Bridge Road. He was later robbed at gunpoint and dropped off at the intersection of I-75 and Moores Mill Rd.
11Alive has reached out to Uber for further comment on these reported attacks.