Colorado Uber driver accused of trying to break into passenger's home

DENVER, Colo. -- An Uber driver in Colorado was caught trying to breaking into his passenger's home after dropping her off at the airport.

Golden police told KMGH-TV that Gerald Addison Montgomery, 51, is an UberX driver. He gave a woman a ride to the airport on Thursday.

Later that day, the woman's roommate, Amy Kissinger, told police she heard a strange noise near the back door of their home. When she approached the door she saw a man there and asked him what he wanted. He told her he was a friend of her roommate's, Natalie. She then left him outside and went to another room.

Kissinger went on to say she questioned Natalie through text message about him. She told KUSA-TV, "She said 'I don't know anyone like that.'"

When Kissinger got back to the door, the man was gone. Natalie told her the only person who fit the description was the UberX driver she received a ride from that morning.

Natalie sent Kissinger a screenshot of her UberX receipt which had a picture of the driver. Kissinger was able to confirm it was a match and called police.

"I think he really thought, 'This person is out of town, and I'm going to break in and steal their stuff,'" Kissinger said.

Police officers found a lock picking device in the back door when they got there. Montgomery was arrested several days later.

A thankful Kissinger said, "I can sleep better at night knowing he's arrested."

Kissinger contacted UberX to alert them about their driver.

"Upon learning about this incident from our valued rider, we immediately deactivated the driver's access to the platform, pending a full investigation," an Uber spokesman said.

UberX has since given Natalie a full refund for her ride.

The Uber spokesman told KMGH-TV, "All UberX partners undergo full criminal and driving history background checks before they are allowed to drive on the platform."

This was the first time Montgomery was arrested in Colorado. He was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $10,000 bond and faces an attempted burglary charge.
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