Lyft driver escapes armed kidnapper

Still image from video surveillance footage of a shooting at a Richmond gas station on Sept. 12, 2019.

A man has been charged with kidnapping a Lyft driver at gunpoint, but his plan was foiled by an apparent need for snacks, according to Richmond police.

The incident unfolded on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10:50 p.m. when a Lyft driver picked up Marcus Dean expecting to drive him to his destination, police said. Instead, Dean pulled a gun and held it to the back of the driver’s head and demanded he follow directions, police said.

Marcus Dean

During the trip, Dean eventually the driver to stop at a gas station to get some snacks. While in the store, the driver began to flee, prompting Dean to run out of the store firing his weapon. The Lyft driver’s car was struck multiple time, but the driver was not injured, police said.

Gas station video footage captured the incident, leading to Dean’s arrest.