Exclusive: Lyft driver kidnapped at gunpoint in St. Clair County

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Illinois — A Lyft driver said a group of would-be passengers stole his Mercedes in an early-morning car theft in Freeburg, Illinois on Wednesday.

At around 6:30am, Lyft driver and Swansea resident Rick Suryk drove his black 2008 Mercedes sedan to a pickup location on Jefferson Road.

“They came up normally and I thought all three would get in the back seat,” said Suryk.

But they didn’t.

“A guy goes to my back door,” Suryk said. “A guy goes to my passenger door and I can see a laser with a gun to my right with my peripheral vision. And then suddenly my driver’s door opens very quickly and I thought something is going terribly wrong.”

Suryk said the carjacking escalated within seconds.

“He pulls me and says get the ‘blank’ out of the car, throws me on the pavement in the pouring rain, points his gun at me, reverses and I thought he wasn’t going to run me over with my own car “, Suryk said. “In a quarter of a second you just don’t know what to do.”

Suryk said he was left on the side of the road and had to knock on the doors of nearby houses for help.

“Dad made him coffee, tried to calm him down, helped him find his son,” said neighbor Chloe Hacker. “Honestly, if I was in his place, I would have cried.”

Suryk has been riding for Lyft for four years with over 3,000 rides and a five-star rating. In addition, he just recently added new tires, a $3,000 upgrade.

“Up until this morning I’ve never had a bad ride,” said Suryk. “It was a bad ride. I’m happy to be here.”

A retired 70-year-old, he doesn’t drive for the money, he says he does it to help people who just need a ride.

“I meet the nicest people,” said Suryk. “Well, you know, I’m doing it as a service.”

Suryk said that while he wasn’t injured, the trauma was enough to never drive for a rideshare company again. He said Lyft was taking care of the stolen car, but the insurance deductible on his stolen car wasn’t enough. He will try to fight for better help.

As far as the thieves are concerned, the Freeburg police department currently has no leads, but investigations are ongoing.

https://fox2now.com/news/illinois/exclusive-lyft-driver-carjacked-at-gunpoint-in-st-clair-county/ Exclusive: Lyft driver kidnapped at gunpoint in St. Clair County

Nate Jones

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