Ride share passenger arrested after holding knife to driver's throat

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 12:02:36-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was arrested after he held a knife to a ride share driver's throat while riding in the passenger seat Wednesday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officers were flagged down by the victim at Linbar Drive and Harding Place, where the victim told them he was a driver for a ride share business, and that one of his passengers pulled a knife on him unprovoked.

The driver had picked up two men from the 200 block of Paragon Mills Road and was driving them to an apartment on North Natchez Court.

During the drive, the suspect, Roberto Mendoza, pulled a knife from his waist band and held it to the driver's throat.

In self defense, the driver punched Mendoza in the face and grabbed the knife. Mendoza then put the knife away, after which the driver dropped Mendoza off at the North Natchez Court apartment, and Mendoza paid for the ride. He did not demand anything from the driver.

Officers went to the location where Mendoza was dropped off and found him there. Mendoza was detained, and the driver identified him as the suspect. Officers searched Mendoza and found the knife the driver mentioned to them.

Mendoza was taken into custody with no incident.

Officers say the driver did not have any visible injuries.