Authorities in Union County are looking into a brutal stabbing of a rideshare driver and a pasenger during a LYFT pool ride that occurred on Wednesday morning in Clark,
According to a statement released by Clark Police, a 47-year-old Lyft driver was found lying in the middle of Westfield Avenue shortly after 1:00 a.m.
Police officers say the victim was indeed bleeding from multiple stab wounds and lacerations to his head, face and neck. Cops also found a 20-year-old female nearby with stab wounds and cuts on her face and head.
An initial investigation indicated that the driver picked up the female and a male passenger in Bloomfield. Police say while the pair traveled through Clark, both the driver and his female passenger were victims of an unprovoked attack by the male suspect in the car as it traveled to Woodbridge.
According to police the female victim and driver were attacked with a screwdriver by a 27-year-old suspect, Farrahkhan S. Howard of Clifton Street in Bloomfield. Police say both victims escaped the car and were rushed to University Hospital suffering severe injuries.
Police say Howard took control of the car and sped from the scene in the Lyft vehicle and was involved in a crash on the Garden State Parkway a short time later.
Woodbridge Police took Howard into custody and charged him with first-degree carjacking, second-degree robbery, two counts of second degree aggravated assault, third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and fourth-degree possession of a weapon.
Police say Howard was also charged with receiving stolen property, obstruction and narcotics possession in Woodbridge.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Clark Police Department at 732-388-3434 and ask to speak with Detective Sergeant Teston or Detective Joy.