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UBER Driver attacked and carjacked

Grapevine police release photo of suspect in attack and carjacking

By Rebecca Aguilar

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Suspect Cesar Soto / Photo courtesy of Grapevine Police

Uber driver Carlton Bryant was in his hospital bed yesterday looking at all the stab wounds to his arms, head, face, and hands after being attacked by his passenger. Grapevine police have released the photo of 33-year-old Cesar Soto, who they say is the suspect who attacked and carjacked Bryant.

In a phone conversation on Monday, Bryant told Texas Metro News that he picked up the suspect in Lewisville early Thursday morning. During the car ride to Grapevine, Bryant said the passenger was very talkative. “He seemed a little weird, and I felt like he was telling me too much personal information.”

Once they got to the 400 block of Dallas Road in Grapevine, Bryant got a strange feeling he was in danger. “He didn’t say anything; he just suddenly lunged at me.” 

Bryant said he grabbed the blade of the sharp knife, trying to get it out of the suspect’s tight grip. He then stumbled out of the car. Police say that’s when Soto jumped into the front seat and took off in Bryant’s car. Residents in the area went to help Bryant and called 911. 

Police later found Bryant’s Toyota Camry and the weapon used in the stabbing. The car had been abandoned in a Colleyville neighborhood the day of the attack. 

Investigators described Soto as 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He has black and gray hair. The public is asked to call 911 if anyone knows Soto’s whereabouts.

Carlton Bryant in hospital bed. /photo courtesy by gofundme

The 28-year-old victim has undergone surgery for damaged ligaments and tendons in his hand. Bryant has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his bills. To date, that fund has accumulated $2,440 from close to 50 donors.Bryant also said he has not heard from Uber and does not plan to return to work as a driver.  

GOFUNDME: https://www.gofundme.com/f/carlton-bryant?utm_campaign=p_cf%20share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

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