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Uber driver testifies attacker was ‘waiting in the shadows’

Posted at 6:55 PM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 18:55:56-05

CHESTERFIELD, Va - All felony charges brought against a Midlothian man accused of carjacking and robbing a female Uber driver at gunpoint were sent to a grand jury Tuesday.  Police said 21-year old Kefta Nyaanga called for an Uber to pick him up at a Midlothian Wal Mart, asked the driver to stop at an ATM, and forced her into the trunk of her car at gunpoint.

The victim, who asked to not be identified, testified in court that Nyaanga was "waiting in the shadows" by the front door of the Wal Mart when she picked him up on October 25th.  While Nyaanga drove around "maxing out" her bank accounts at ATM's, the victim said she compiled with every command she was given because, "[Nyaanga] had a gun, and I wanted him to leave."

The victim spoke with CBS 6 reporter Jake Burns after the hearing, and wanted those following the story to know that even though the incident was "frightening" she is doing well.

Nyaanga was already in jail, on unrelated charged, when he was arrested for the Uber crime.  In court, prosecutors said Chesterfield police had identified Nyaanga as a suspect in the robbery of a credit card from the Goodwill Store on Midlothian Turnpike.  Police said the 21-year old stole a co-workers credit card and made an $800 purchase at Best Buy.  There is surveillance video of Nyaanga making the purchase, investigators said.

During Tuesday's court proceedings, Nyaanga's defense attorney did not present any evidence to the court, which is a his right.  Nyaanga's family was also in the courtroom, but had no comment following the hearing.

The grand jury will meet on January 19th.