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3 men attack Uber driver in Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) – Three men were arrested after police said the trio attacked an Uber driver, Arlington County police said. 

The incident happened on Saturday around 10.55 p.m. in the 500 block of S. Washington Boulevard.

Police said the Uber driver was transporting six people and despite telling them not to, the passengers opened alcoholic beverages. That is when the driver terminated the trip, pulled over and the passengers exited the vehicle.

According to police, when 26-year-olds Justin Allen Norconk and Jeffery Eugene Rowe Jr., and 25-year-old Lance Daniel Ingram went back to get stuff they had left in the car, they got into an argument with the driver. Police said the Uber driver was hit with a beer bottle and a window in his car was shattered by the three. 

"I think it's pretty disgusting that there is behavior like that," said Rachael Mrad who rides Uber.

"I rely on the train and the bus and Uber to get to and from the hospital. It's a vital service so I am ashamed this happened. I wish there were more protections for the drivers. I hope they throw the book at them. It's unacceptable," said Uber rider Jay Forehand. 

The attack has Uber driver, Sunny, thinking twice about safety. 

"The main thing I'm concerned about: is this passenger going to be o"The main thing I'm concerned about: is this passenger going to be ok is he going to be nuts and will it be safe for me or not," he said. 

The Uber driver who was attacked has cuts on his face and a bump on his head, but thankfully he is okay. 

Norconk was charged with malicious wounding and assault by mob. Ingram was charged with assault by mob. Rowe Jr. was charged with destruction of property.

All three are being held without bond.

An Uber spokesperson told WUSA9, "We have a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of harassment and abuse. We've been in touch with the driver-partner and stand ready to assist the authorities with their investigation." The company also said the accounts of the two men who requested the ride from Uber have been deactivated.    

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