ISSAQUAH, Wash. — King County prosecutors say that two suspects accused of murdering an Uber driver last week were trying to steal his car.
Devin Kekoa Wade and Olivia Breanna-Lennon Bebic, both 21, were charged Monday with murder in the first degree after allegedly stabbing an Uber driver to death in Issaquah.
In charging documents, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Adrienne McCoy wrote they are “an extreme danger to the community at large.”
On Dec. 13, Wade and Bebic created an Uber account using a fake name and hailed a ride from Cherno Ceesay, according to probable cause documents.
Police say Ceesay was stabbed multiple times and found by a neighbor after his car crashed into a tree.
Ceesay’s phone was missing from the car, and police used GPS and traffic cameras to track it to a car, which Wade and Bebic had previously been associated. During a search warrant, police found bloody knives inside the car, along with Ceesay’s phone.
Two days after the murder, Wade and Bebic were arrested for shoplifting in Bellevue.
Police say there is probable cause that Wade and Bebic tried to rob Ceesay of his Kia Sportage. On the night of the murder, investigators say Bebic’s phone was used to search for facts about auto theft and the most stolen cars in Washington, as well as to call AAA and a tow company. Police say internet searches on Bebic’s phone also show she looked for information about the murder and tried to erase her digital footprint.
Prosecutors claim the suspects are a flight risk as they are from Nevada and do not have ties to King County. They requested the suspects be held on $2 million bail.