Photo: George August Bjurberg
A Belmont man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting his Uber driver and trying to steal his vehicle.
On Friday, June 12, an Uber driver picked up 33-year-old George August Bjurberg in San Francisco to take him to San Jose. Police say that during the ride, Bjurberg demanded to be taken to Redwood City, at which point the driver pulled off the freeway told him he’d need to call a different Uber.
At that point, Bjruberg allegedly began striking the victim in the back of the shoulder. The victim got out of the car and Bjurberg followed, ultimately trying to force his way into the driver’s seat.
After a brief struggle, during which Bjurberg reportedly tried to drive away with the victim’s car, the victim told him he was willing to continue the drive but then called 9-1-1 instead. Bjurberg reportedly then began banging on the car windows and damaged one of the side mirrors before fleeing on foot.
Police responded to the area, located at the 3900 block of Fabian Way, and quickly located and arrested Bjurberg.
He has since been booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of attempted carjacking, battery, and vandalism, as well as a prior warrant for theft out of San Mateo County.