• Iowa man accused of attacking Uber driver

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -

    An Iowa man surrendered to police Thursday after authorities said he beat up a ride-sharing driver after a night of New Year’s revelry, KCCI reported.

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    West Des Moines police said a plea for help on the department’s Facebook page helped catch the suspect, the television station reported.

    Patrick Kilmer, 23, is accused of assaulting an Uber driver after being picked up around 2 a.m.

    Investigators said Kilmer originally entered the vehicle, which was not scheduled to pick him up, WOI reported. When the driver told Kilmer to get out, he refused and allegedly offered the driver $200 to take him and a woman to Ankeny, the television station reported.

    The driver refused but did take the couple to a Homewood Suites motel, WOI reported. At that point, Kilmer allegedly hit the driver twice, KCCI reported.

    "If I were in that position, I would have been scared," Sgt. Dan Wade of the West Des Moines Police Department told the television station.

    Police used surveillance video from the motel to post stills on social media.

    "That was huge, so this was a pretty unique scenario where we had a really high-quality picture," Wade told KCCI. "It was a good picture, which we don't always get."

    Kilmer turned himself in within two hours, the television station reported. He has since been released from the Dallas County Jail.

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