Eliza Wasni is 16-years-old and currently being held without bail after attacking her Uber driver and stabbing him to death with a machete she stole from Walmart. Her victim was driver Grand Nelson, 34.
She will be jailed at a juvenile facility. Although cops say she was crazed during the attack, Wasni mostly kept her head down in court, only speaking once.
She will be tried as an adult.
Prosecutors have not found a motive for the attack. Video footage of the teen calmly strolling through Walmart with a knife and machete in her hands was shown in the courtroom. The attack itself was “terribly violent” according to the judge.
The Daily Mail reports:
Prosecutors called the crime ‘heinous’ and Judge Michael Hood agreed that Nelson’s murder was ‘extremely violent’.
Nelsons parents as well as his two siblings, Todd and Alexandra, were in the courtroom during Wednesday’s hearing.
Family members could be heard sobbing at times as prosecutors read out a two-page description of the murder.
The description offers no reason for the attack, but portrays Wasni as a calm girl who ‘nonchalantly’ could be seen walking through Walmart earlier in the evening, with a knife and a machete in hand, before she walked outside without paying.
Prosecutors said that Nelson, a resident of Wilmette, picked the girl up shortly after 3am Tuesday in Lincolnwood. It was her third ride in an Uber vehicle in the early hours of Tuesday.
Two minutes after he began driving, prosecutors said that Wasni began stabbing Nelson from the back seat. Nelson was able to pull over and ran into a nearby condominium building, where he screamed, ‘Help me, help me! I’m going to die!’ until residents called 911.
Wasni climbed into the front seat of Nelson’s blood-splattered silver sedan and drove away, striking a median in the road. She jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
When Lincolnwood police arrived, they found the vehicle with blood on both the inside and the outside, with Nelson’s phone open to the Uber app. The app said that Nelson’s passenger was someone named Eliza.
Officers followed the trial of blood and found Nelson lying in grass. He was bleeding profusely from several wounds, and was able to tell the officers what had happened. He died at a nearby hospital a few hours later.
Using the description given by Nelson, police found her nearby crouching behind an air conditioner – a machete in one hand and a knife in the other. Police warned her that she would be shot with a Taser if she did not drop the weapons, and when she did not comply an officer used the Taser. Wasni dropped the knives and was taken into custody. Police said she did not make a statement.
According to prosecutors, police recovered a shirt the girl could be seen wearing in the Walmart. The shirt had blood on it.
Uber officials said the company was working with police to provide information relevant to the investigation.
‘We are heartbroken by the loss of one of our partners,’ Uber said in a statement. ‘Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.’
They also said that she appeared to be in violation of the company’s rules, which states that riders must be 18 years or older.
The company spokesman said that a rider’s access can be removed if they are found to be underage, and that there is a mechanism as well for drivers to report riders they suspect of being underage.