Lincoln Police said five teens have been referred on charges related to vandalizing a Lincoln Public School teacher’s vehicle while he was driving for Lyft.
KFOR News media partner 10/11 Now reports Jeremy Williams was driving his SUV for Lyft in late July when police said he parked in a circle street off Garland Street to give a ride. Police said a group of teenage males approached and told him they didn’t want him to park there and caused $3,200 in damage to his vehicle.
Five teens were referred for criminal mischief and disturbing the peace, police said. Four of the individuals were 17-years-old and the other was a 16-year-old. Police said none of the evidence or reports shows the attack was racially motivated.
Williams is an elementary teacher for Lincoln Public Schools but in his free time and especially during summer vacation he drives for Uber and Lyft. “They were supposed to be my second pick up for the night, at that point I’m just waiting in the circle,” said Williams. He was waiting off of Garland Street in northeast Lincoln. That’s when Williams says a white pick-up truck pulled first behind his car, then up next to him. Williams says that man started to hit his car and that he moved his car to the other side of the street in order to get away but it didn’t stop there. “That’s when they all got out of their cars and starting hitting the car and kicking the car,” said Williams. “I know at one point they were trying to open my car door.”
Williams left and called 911. He says the comments he heard about not belonging made him feel the attack might have been racially charged.
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