An Uber driver angered by passengers slamming his car doors threatened them with a gun in Millersville, police said.
Junior P. Justin, 39, of 228 Crystal St., was charged this week with simple assault in the June incident.
He was not charged earlier because the investigation required several interviews that took extra time to complete, police said. He will receive a summons in the mail this week.
Police said Justin picked up four men on Judie Lane in Lancaster Township shortly after 3 a.m. June 25 and took them to the Sheetz convenience store at 1790 Millersville Road in Millersville.
The four men, all in their 20s, got out and closed Justin’s car doors in a way that angered him, police said in a criminal complaint.
“He claimed they slammed his doors, and he warned them about it,” borough police Detective Sgt. Jeff Margevich said Wednesday.
Justin parked his vehicle, got out and followed the men, starting an argument with them in the store’s breezeway, the complaint states.
After arguing for a few minutes and just before he left, Justin threatened the men by lifting up the front of his T-shirt, revealing a pistol in his waistband, police said. He told them if he saw them again, they’d be sorry.
On July 27 Justin told police he carries a 9mm Ruger pistol in his waistband when he drives for Uber and admitted he had it on June 25, the complaint states.
Justin has a license to carry a gun, Margevich said, and police have forwarded information about the incident to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
“Indications were that this would result in (the license) being revoked,” Margevich said.
The incident was captured by Sheetz surveillance cameras, but police are not releasing the footage.
Attempts to reach Justin and the four men from the incident for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday.
“Partner drivers” fill out a contract to gain access to passengers requesting rides through Uber, company spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said.
“As soon as we found out about this, we did remove (Justin’s) access,” she said. “He has not taken a trip since early July.”
Riders and drivers rate each other through Uber’s feedback system, monitored all hours of the day by Uber, Whaling said.
“Uber is committed to the safety and security of riders and drivers on the platform.”