16-Year-Old Suspected of Hacking an Uber Driver to Death With Shoplifted Machete

(Photo: Eliza Wasni via Facebook)

16-Year-Old Suspected of Hacking an Uber Driver to Death With Shoplifted Machete

Grant Nelson described attacker Eliza Wasni to police shortly before dying.

Published June 1, 2017

Police in Chicago arrested and charged a teenage girl for the fatal stabbing of an Uber driver on Tuesday.

16-year-old Eliza Wasni is being held without bail in a Cook County jail for the "heinous" killing of Grant Nelson, 34, reported the Chicago Tribune.

According to prosecutors, Nelson — who drove a Hyundai — picked up Wasni near a Walmart and started driving to her destination. Just minutes into the ride, Wasni allegedly started hacking away at Nelson with a machete. Nelson pulled over the car and ran into the lobby of a nearby condominium building.

"Help me, help me. I'm going to die," Nelson yelled, according Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Cunningham.

Wasni then reportedly drove off in Nelson’s car until she hit a median and started running on foot. Later on, police found Wasni wearing only a bra and leggings. Nelson’s bloody trail led officers to find him in the lobby of the building.

In addition to using the app to identify Wasni, police were given a description of the teen by Nelson, who died shortly after in a hospital.

During their investigation, police viewed surveillance footage which reportedly showed Wasni walking around the Walmart where she was picked up with a knife and machete. Wasni did not pay for the items, prosecutors said.

Wasni will be held in a juvenile facility until her trial. However, she has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, according to an official with the Cook County sheriff's office.

On Wednesday, an Uber spokeswoman issued a statement, saying, “[Uber is] heartbroken by the loss of one of our partners, Grant Nelson. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time."

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Eliza Wasni via Facebook)

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