An Uber driver was fatally stabbed as he was driving in Issaquah, WA. According to court documents the couple suspected in his death are being held on $2 million dollars bail.
The victim, identified as 28-year-old Cherno Cessay, "…was found stabbed to death in his car that had crashed into a tree," in Issaquah on Dec. 13th, according to arrest documents.
The King County Medical Examiner said Ceesay had multiple stab wounds in the back of his head, neck and temple that were determined to have come from behind the victim. The suspects are being held in King County Jail on $2 million bail.
An Uber spokesperson told KING 5 in a statement: "We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Cherno Ceesay. We’re grateful the suspects have been caught and thank the Issaquah Police Department for their diligence with this investigation."
Though the suspects have not been formally charged, the King County Jail lists two people being held for homicide on $2 million dollars bail.
According to the documents, the woman allegedly told police that she and her boyfriend were living in a Nissan, which she owned, with their two dogs. The documents add that the woman confirmed her boyfriend’s phone number as the same one associated with the Uber rider’s account.
The documents report that when police searched the Nissan, they found the victim’s phone and two bloody knives.
Social media accounts matching the name of the male being held in King County jail show a collection of Black Lives Matter and anti-American posts.
According to his social media, the victim, Cherno Cessay, was a Gambian immigrant attending Bellevue College.
Social media accounts matching the name of the female being held in King County Jail describe drug use, promote the anti police narrative and her OnlyFans account. Only fans is popular in the adult entertainment industry. The New York Times claimed in 2019 the site had changed sex work forever, labelling OnlyFans "the paywall of porn".
The account also has anti-police posts.
According to the county documents, Cessay picked up his last rider within 100 yards from the site of the crash. Documents from the King County prosecuting attorney claim that records from Uber disclosed that the phone number and email of the last passengers, whose account was created 15 minutes before the driver picked them up. The two suspects, a man and a woman, who are both 21 years old, according to the Issaquah Police Department.
The documents add that after the driver was murdered, his phone continued to travel north on Renton-Issaquah Road, along with the same number associated with the rider’s account for several hundred yards before the rider’s number was disconnected from the Uber app. The victim’s phone number remained active on the app for over two and a half hours.
The documents continue that the Uber driver’s phone was tracked to Factoria, where "Bellevue traffic cameras located a white vehicle with a black bag whose route perfectly corresponded with the GPS locations of Cessay’s stolen phone" and that the car was identified as a white Nissan Altima with a Nevada license plate.
Police located the Nissan on December 15th, two days after the incident "…near the Factoria Mall where the victim’s phone had traveled after the murder," documents say. A man and a woman were found inside the car and they were later arrested by Bellevue officers for shoplifting and their vehicle was impounded according to documents. The suspects allegedly told police that they lived in the car together but denied knowing about the email address used to create the Uber account. Both suspects asked for a lawyer.
The Nissan and it's alleged occupants were known to neighbors and area neighborhood groups.
Reagan Dunn, a King County Council Member, told the New York Times in 2019 "Seattle has become a dead-end street for the nation’s homeless population."
More than half of Seattle’s homeless come from outside the city limits, according to the city’s own data. According to King County jail statistics in 2019, homeless individuals are 38 times more likely to commit crimes than the average citizen. In 2019, the homeless represented only 0.5 percent of the population but 19 percent of jail bookings. Homeless encampments in the area, including people sleeping in cars, have continued to increase since then.