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Rideshare Driver Assaulted, Robbed at Atlantic City Boat Ramp

Seattle police are investigating after a rideshare driver was attacked and robbed by passengers at the Atlantic City Boat Ramp on April 2.

Officers were called to a nearby apartment complex in the 9000 block of Seward Park Avenue at about 9 p.m. where the 37-year-old woman was able to find someone to help her make a 911 call after the incident.

It was reported to Seattle police that the woman was in the process of a pick-up at the boat ramp when a man, three women and a toddler, got into the car and loaded their things in the trunk. The driver told the passengers she could not complete the trip because she did not have a car seat in the vehicle for the small child.

A dispute between the victim and suspects started as the victim attempted to cancel the trip and one of the passengers took her phone. The victim told police everyone got out of the vehicle, and she locked the doors as she asked for her phone back several times. She said the suspects accused her of theft because their things were still in the trunk.

The man in the group of passengers reportedly punched the rideshare driver in the head and the victim tried to fight back. She was knocked to the ground and struck by all the passengers. The rideshare driver said her car window was smashed and the man also hit her with a piece of driftwood.

After the assault, some of the women took her personal belongings and were last seen running northbound through the park. The other passengers, including the toddler, were last seen running southbound through the park and toward Seward Park Avenue South.

The victim declined medical attention.

The Seattle Police Department’s Robbery Unit is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.

*SPD Public Affairs has revised this post to reflect “rideshare” driver.