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Uber driver stabbed to death by passenger in hotel parking lot, LA sheriff says

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HARVEY, La. (WVUE/Gray News) — A woman who worked as an Uber driver was stabbed to death in a hotel parking lot by a man who “just wanted to kill someone,” according to Jefferson and Orleans municipal authorities.

Details of the fatal stabbing were first released by the Jefferson Township Sheriff’s Office just after 10 p.m. Thursday. In the press release, Sheriff Joseph Lopinto confirmed that around 3 p.m. a woman was found in a vehicle with a stab wound in the parking lot of a Travelodge hotel in Harvey, Louisiana

The victim was taken to a hospital, where she died from her injuries, Lopinto said.

In a Friday lunchtime news conference, Lopinto, along with outgoing NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, identified the victim as 54-year-old Yolanda Dillion, who officials said was killed after driving 29-year-old Brandon Jacobs there from a location in New Orleans had the hotel.

Yolanda Dillion, 54, was stabbed to death by Brandon Jacobs, 29, in the parking lot of a Jefferson Parish hotel, officials said. (WVUE)

Lopinto said the motive behind Jacob’s random and brutal act was clear: he just wanted to kill someone.

After taking him into custody a few hours after the stabbing, Lopinto said Jacobs provided deputies with a full confession.

“His confession basically said that he woke up yesterday morning and decided to kill someone and that this would be his day,” Lopinto told reporters.

Lopinto said Jacobs called an Uber ride earlier in the day, but didn’t victimize that driver when he realized he’d need a ride back to his hotel, so he ordered a second return trip, the Dillion, through ridesharing accepted app.

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

Shortly after Dillion Jacobs drove back to the Travelodge on the Westbank Expressway, he brutally stabbed her to death, authorities said.

“He was in the back seat,” Lopinto explained. “stabbed her in the back. Got out of the vehicle and just casually walked away.”

Lopinto says Brandon Jacobs, 29, told authorities when he woke up Thursday morning with a desire to kill someone. (Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Lopinto said Jacobs captured gruesome video of the aftermath and posted it to Facebook. The video has since been removed.

Dillion, from Marrero, Louisiana, worked as a NOPD budget analyst for 10 years.

Ferguson said she was loved by many in the department.

“Our team is taking it pretty hard,” Ferguson said. “She will be greatly missed. She was very quiet… very humble. A quiet giantess, I would say, because she meant a lot to this department and ripped our people apart.”

Dillion has also been caring for her ailing mother in recent years, Ferguson said.

Jefferson Township officials are still investigating. Jacobs was booked for second-degree murder.