A gang leader in Brazil and his members have killed 2 UBER drivers alongside 3 other drivers with another cab-hailing app for cancelling his sick mum’s ride.
The incident according to reports, happened on December 16th when the drivers were summoned to the Jardim Santo Inácio favela in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador. Once there, they were reportedly held at gunpoint, beaten and tortured behind a shack.
Police later found four of their bodies wrapped in plastic. The drivers’ empty cars were found around the favela and greater Salvador region, including one sitting idly at a toll booth.
One man managed to make it out alive: He slipped into a swamp when another driver tried to fight back and distracted their abductors.
Police are investigating the motive behind the Dec. 16 killings, but they have a hunch: “One line of inquiry points toward revenge against the drivers, after a trip was refused,” they said in a statement Thursday.
Two suspects in the murders were killed in a shootout with police on Friday, and officers found the body of the man suspected of ordering the murders on Monday. He had been shot dead.
“The gangster ordered these people killed because his mother called Uber, but the car never arrived,” the Bahia governor, Rui Costa, told reporters.
The surviving driver described his horrific ordeal on local television. After being called to the favela early on Friday, he was forced from his car at gunpoint and led behind a shack, where one driver had already been killed and others were being tortured.
The man was tied up, beaten and tortured, but managed to escape into a swamp when one of the other drivers grabbed a gang member’s pistol.