Mistaken Identity Turns Deadly for Uber Driver

In a tragic case of mistaken identity, an 81-year-old Ohio man, William Brock, has been charged with murder for fatally shooting a 61-year-old Uber driver, Loletha Hall, whom he believed was working with a scammer targeting him and his family. The incident occurred on March 25, 2024, in South Charleston, Ohio, after the same scammer targeted Brock and Hall.

5 Key Points:

  1. William Brock, 81, received a scam call from someone claiming to be a court officer, demanding a ransom for a family member.
  2. The scammer, or an accomplice, requested an Uber ride to Brock’s home to collect the money. Loletha Hall, 61, was the driver.
  3. Brock confronted Hall with a gun, took her cell phone, and prevented her from leaving.
  4. Hall did not threaten Brock, have a weapon, or assault him, according to authorities.
  5. Brock shot Hall three times, causing fatal injuries, before contacting authorities to report the incident.

The Scam Call

According to Lt. Kristopher Shultz of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, William Brock received a scam call from someone pretending to be an officer at the local court. The caller claimed that a family member was incarcerated and demanded a significant amount of money for their release. The call escalated, with the scammer threatening to hold the family member hostage and demanding a ransom.

The Uber Driver’s Arrival

The scammer, or an accomplice, requested an Uber ride to Brock’s South Charleston home to pick up the ransom money. Loletha Hall, a 61-year-old Uber driver, was sent to the address without any knowledge of the scam or the potential danger she faced.

The Confrontation

When Hall arrived at Brock’s home and approached the front door, Brock confronted her with a gun and demanded to know who she was working for. He took her cell phone and prevented her from returning to her vehicle and driving away. Despite Hall not threatening Brock, having a weapon, or assaulting him, Brock shot her once when she tried to escape.

The Fatal Shooting

After the initial shot, there was a further exchange between Brock and Hall. At some point during the confrontation, Brock sustained an injury to his head. He then shot Hall a second time, followed by more conversation and a third and final shot. Only after shooting Hall three times did Brock contact authorities to report the incident.

The Aftermath

Loletha Hall was taken to a hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Uber has contacted Hall’s family and law enforcement, offering support during the investigation. The company has banned the account of the person who ordered the car to Brock’s house.

The Charges

On Monday, April 15, 2024, a grand jury indicted William Brock on three counts of murder, one count of felonious assault, and one count of kidnapping. He will be arraigned on these charges later in the week. If convicted of the original murder charge, Brock could face 15 years to life in prison or a $15,000 fine.

This tragic case highlights the devastating consequences of scams and the importance of caution when dealing with unknown individuals. The loss of Loletha Hall’s life is a stark reminder of the need for increased awareness and prevention of scams targeting vulnerable individuals.