Man Returning From Probation Officer Visit Stabs Lyft Driver In The Head, ECSO Says

January 24, 2023

A man returning from a visit with his probation officer allegedly stabbed a Lyft driver in the back of the head Tuesday morning.

River Austin Sewell, 27, was charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, destroying evidence, and burglar of an occupied structure.

took the ride sharing service Lyft to see his probation officer. On the way back home, he allegedly stabbed the driver in the back of the head before running from the vehicle. He then broke into a nearby business on Fowler Avenue near Sagebrush Trail, just south of Nine Mile Road.

The sheriff’s office said Sewell and the  driver did not argue prior to the incident.

The Lyft driver was transported to an area hospital. Information on his condition was not available.

Court records show Sewell was convicted of fleeing and eluding, petit theft, resisting arrested and driving without a license for an incident in Cantonment in January 2020.


12 Responses to “Man Returning From Probation Officer Visit Stabs Lyft Driver In The Head, ECSO Says”

  1. Andrew on January 29th, 2023 9:56 am


    -1000, straight to jail lol
    He obviously needs awhile to think about it.

  2. Steve on January 25th, 2023 4:16 pm

    let’s give him one point for showing up at the probation office . What’s the score ?

  3. John Bone Jones on January 25th, 2023 9:38 am

    anyone remember the taxi scene in the movie Heavy Metal? I’m not entirely opposed to that kind of justice.

  4. TaxPayer on January 25th, 2023 8:38 am

    ” I don’t know what else I can do…I fill out applications all over, but no one’s hiring.”

  5. Taylon on January 25th, 2023 7:43 am

    He probably could have just let the Lyft driver a one star review if his driving was that bad.

    Hopefully the Lyft driver will be physically okay. I for one would want to install a partition between me and the backseat after something like this. Otherwise, I’d be dodging and weaving my head constantly with a passenger in my car going forward.

  6. sam on January 25th, 2023 6:52 am

    ya think he just might have some problems?

  7. citizen on January 25th, 2023 2:49 am

    needs to get his head right with a few years of hard labor

  8. M adams on January 25th, 2023 1:07 am

    His mother must be proud

  9. David on January 24th, 2023 9:52 pm

    It seems as though this guy can’t get anything right. Bad choices is what brought him before his probation officer, and now his life choices has really gone down hill. What is next?

  10. Tt on January 24th, 2023 8:27 pm

    Praying for the driver. There should be something did about that. And he’s making it bad for other passengers. Body search before you get in .

  11. Red Dog on January 24th, 2023 3:43 pm

    It looks like he has made some solid choices in life.

  12. Well on January 24th, 2023 3:08 pm

    Wonder what strike he’s on…..

    But I know it doesn’t matter. Society deserves all it gets.