Lyft driver stabs passenger after argument over drop-off location

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SAN DIEGO — A Lyft driver’s privileges were revoked by the company after a confrontation over a drop-off location turned violent in Linda Vista early Saturday, said police.

San Diego police officers responded to a call around 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the 6100 block of Caminito Del Oeste.

Officers say three passengers apparently got into an argument with their Lyft driver when the passengers were unable to provide a drop-off destination.

The driver stopped the car and told the passengers to get out. The argument continued, and police say things eventually got physical. At some point, the Lyft driver allegedly stabbed one of the passengers in the chest.

The victim was identified as a 27-year-old who was transported to a hospital with what police say are non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Ali Kendirli.

Kendirli was arrested at the scene and was held at the San Diego Central Jail on a $30,000 bail.

“We have permanently deactivated the driver,” the transportation service said. “Our thoughts are with the passenger, who we have reached out to offer our full support and assistance. We stand ready to assist law enforcement with an investigation,” said Lyft in a statement about the stabbing.

SDPD is investigating the incident.

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