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Uber driver recovering after Las Vegas attack

It was the second attack over the weekend
Posted at 10:07 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 06:39:59-04

A Las Vegas Uber driver says he was attacked by a group of passengers after he canceled because there were too many people to fit inside his car.

Angel Grande says he accepted the ride shortly after 6 pm. Monday and went to pick the group up near the Flamingo Hotel & Casino.

Grande says there were five women and a man who jumped in his car, which he immediately knew was too many.

"I told them I can't.  By law it is four people," Grande said.

The driver said he then canceled the ride without charging the group but added that the group was not happy with him.

"The guy came. Spit on my car, spit on my face and then when I got out to close my car that is it all came and started punching me," Grande said.

The driver estimated he was hit about 10 times with the man being the main attacker.

In the end, he went to the hospital where Grande said he was diagnosed with a broken nose, a black eye, and a damaged tooth.

"It is a horrible situation," Grande said.

In a statement Uber said, "We expect riders to treat drivers with respect. What this driver reported is absolutely unacceptable. The rider can no longer access the app and we stand ready to help police with their investigation." 

The attack was the second involving an Uber driver over the Memorial Day weekend in Clark County.

This after two people were arrested in a reported carjacking.

Grande is hopeful other drivers will pay extra attention and more security measures will be put in place.

"I hope it is a wake-up call and probably change something.  It can happen to anybody.  It doesn't matter how big you are, how strong you are," Grande said.