The Baltimore County Police Department unintentionally publicised this smartphone-enabled1 Get Out Of Jail Free Card when they arrested Dashawn Terrell Cochran in Parkville, Maryland last week after Mr. Cochran held up a local store at gunpoint before making his escape in a silver Lexus that later turned out to be, quite conveniently, an unwitting Uber car. While it's unclear whether coincidental witnesses of the crime saw Mr. Cochran fleeing the scene or whether the police themselves responded quickly enough to witness the getaway themselves, the suspect was seen entering the Japanese car before it drove off, shortly after which the car was intercepted by the soi-dissant authorities.2 Both the driver and the other passenger3 of the "Uber car" "had nothing to do with the robbery," claim police. Hook, line, and sinker.
According to Cpl. John Wachter of the Baltimore County Police Department, the 23-year-old Mr. Cochran is being charged with armed robbery, both first- and second-degree assault, as well as theft of less than $USD 1`000.
Who said smartphones weren't useful ? All the suspect would have had to have done is "call" an Uber car up while he was already sitting in the backseat. ↩