New Baden Man Sentenced For Stealing Uber Driver’s Car

Robert W. Rives, age 37, of New Baden, was sentenced this week in US District Court to 82 months in prison for carjacking and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the plea agreement, on October 3, 2018, in the City of St. Louis, Rives was a passenger in a Chevy Impala vehicle which had immediately turned in front of a Mitsubishi vehicle and stopped. Rives exited the passenger side and approached the driver of the Mitsubishi vehicle who was driving for UBER Eats, making a delivery. He produced a firearm and demanded the driver to give him his vehicle. The victim complied and Rives then entered the victim’s Mitsubishi and drove off following the Impala. Numerous items in the stolen car included a Rock River AR-15 rifle and two handguns.

Later that day, Rives was arrested in the same type of vehicle he had stolen and officers recovered the AR-15 rifle and handguns.

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