OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — An East Bay Uber driver is speaking out for the first time after being carjacked at gunpoint by passengers he picked up in Oakland.
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Bimal Thapa Magar accepted a one-and-a-half mile ride around 8 p.m. on October 1. He says he didn’t suspect anything was wrong until the two passengers did not get out at their destination in East Oakland.
The men allegedly asked Bimal where he was from and when Bimal responded “Nepal,” they asked for hand sanitizer and then got aggressive.
“After that, one of the guys put a gun on my head. The other guy took my stuff, wallet, keys and everything. They told me to lay on the ground. I was on the ground, laying down, and then they took my car keys and they drove away.”
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Bimal believed he was targeted because of his race after the suspects asked where he was from. He has not been able to go out alone since the incident or drive for Uber.
ABC7 News submitted an inquiry to Oakland police for updates in the investigation and are waiting to hear back.
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According to Bimal, OPD was able to recover his Honda sedan days after the incident.
He claims Uber did not provide any compensation for this incident, but he was able to utilize the company’s insurance for a replacement vehicle.
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Bimal only has one request for the public at this time.
“I want them (the suspects) punished. They should be punished so that others may not be victims in the coming days.”
Anchor Dion Lim will have more with the driver, Bimal Thapa Magar, Saturday at 11 p.m. on ABC7 News.
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