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Uber driver stabs dead New Orleans driver, authorities say

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans Police Department employee who worked as a black light Uber driver was stabbed to death by a passenger in a random act of deadly force, a sheriff said.

Yolanda Dillion, 54, was a police financial analyst, 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 their passenger, who had been picked up in New Orleans. They found him at the hotel.

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

“He said he woke up yesterday morning and decided 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 for second-degree murder. There was no information on whether he had a lawyer.

The sheriff said Jacobs posted video of the aftermath of the stabbing on social media and that authorities worked with Facebook to remove it.

“We specifically asked him, ‘How did you choose them?’ 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 is retiring as chief of the New Orleans Police Department at the end of the year, said Dillion has been an employee of the department for 10 years. He described her as quiet and humble, adding that she had done important work for the department.

“It was just something that definitely caught everyone’s attention,” Ferguson said.

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