INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A night out turned into a nightmare for a young Indianapolis woman after the man she thought was her Uber driver, robbed her and dragged her down a parking lot.
Sierra Cheshier is wearing a cast on her hand and has scratches all over her legs and feet. Saturday night, the 23-year-old and her friends were looking for a ride home after a night out in the downtown Indianapolis.
"We were trying to figure out Lyft, Uber on our phones," she said. "Some guy pulled up said he was with Uber, he didn’t have anybody and that he would take us home."
The group got in and got home safely. They asked the driver how to pay, and he requested cash.
A few hours later, Sierra realized she'd accidentally left her cell phone in the car. When she called her own number using her friend's phone, the driver called back from his phone and arranged to meet her the following morning.
That's when things got scary.
Sierra showed up alone to the White Castle on W. South Street.
"He said 'Get me $20, I'll give you your phone.' I said 'I don't have any cash on me right now.' He said 'Well, get in my car and I'll take you to get cash.' And I was by myself so I didn't want to do that."
Sierra said the guy grabbed her purse and tried to drive off, dragging her with him as she fought back.
"I didn't know what to do and I think I sort of maybe grabbed his arm or his face like with my nails thinking it would hurt him and he'd stop, but he didn't. He just kept going."
Sierra said the man got away with her phone and her bank card. When she checked her account, she found more than $200 in fraudulent charges.
"I'm thinking how in the world did this just happen to me," she said.
Metro police tell FOX59, while they encourage ride-sharing, this is an important reminder for everyone to know who's car you're getting into. They say you should look for the logo of the ride-sharing service on the car and make sure the vehicle and the driver match up with what's on your app.
Sierra doesn't think the man was actually working for Uber since he took cash for the ride and she didn't see a logo on his car.
She doesn't know his identity, except that he called himself 'Michael' and drove a black Honda four-door with damage in the back.
Police are investigating.
"It is scary," she said. "Makes me realize I probably do need to be a little more alert with my surroundings."