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Uber driver fatally stabs New Orleans driver, authorities say

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NEW ORLEANS (UKTN) — A New Orleans Police Department employee who moonlighted as an Uber driver was stabbed to death by a passenger in what a sheriff said was a random act of deadly force.

Yolanda Dillion, 54, was a tax analyst with the police department, New Orleans police chief Shaun Ferguson said Friday. She was stabbed multiple times Thursday afternoon in her car in the parking lot of a hotel in neighboring Jefferson Parish. She later died in a hospital.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said detectives worked with Uber to determine the identity of her passenger, who had been picked up in New Orleans. They found him in the hotel.

Lopinto said Brandon Jacobs, 29, of Harvey, admitted to the murder.

“He stated that he woke up yesterday morning and decided he was going to kill someone,” Lopinto said during a press conference with Ferguson at the Gretna sheriff’s office.

Online records showed that Jacobs was being held without bail on charges of second-degree murder. There was no information about whether he had a lawyer.

The sheriff said Jacobs posted video of the aftermath of the stabbing on social media and that authorities were working with Facebook to have it removed.

“We specifically asked him, ‘How did you choose her?’ His response was, “I didn’t pick her, Uber picked her.” That means she was the random person who picked him up that day,” Lopinto said.

Ferguson, who will retire as chief of the New Orleans Police Department at the end of the year, said Dillion had served 10 years with the department. He described her as quiet and humble and added that she did important work for the department.

“This was just something that definitely dazzled everyone,” Ferguson said.

Lopinto said Jacobs is originally from the New Orleans area. He told investigators he was staying in the Seattle area but was back in the New Orleans area about seven months, Lopinto said.