Michael Hassey Jr., 22, said around 5 p.m. Saturday he responded to a ride request in front of Cask Social Kitchen in Tampa.
He explained a terrifying experience from a few minutes during that car ride will stay with him for life. He said he was driving the car and nearing the passenger’s home when she began attacking him.
“When I first pulled up to pick up the rider, a young group of women approached the car and one of them said ‘I called an Uber for my mother, can you please get her home safe?’” Hassey said, recalling the day.Little did he know..
Hassey promised the daughter he would get her home safe, not knowing it was he who had to be worried.
Hassey said 55-year-old Michele Stilwell was asleep most of the ride until a few blocks from her home in unincorporated St. Pete. He said she “sprouted up” and became violent.
“She started screaming curse words at me and slapped me in the face,” Hassey said.
8 On Your Side watched a video from an anonymous source corroborating those facts. The passenger was screaming “My daughter!” while scratching, strangling and biting Hassey.
“She sinks into my neck like a pitbull, shaking her head and stuff,” Hassey said.
Up until the biting began, Hassey can be seen in the video with his hands up not fighting back.
“I let it happen. I didn’t put my hands back on her because I have two sisters and I was raised to never put my hands on a female,” Hassey said. Idiot. I was raised to beat women like they owe me money if they attack me first.
Shortly after the biting began, Hassey was able to stop the car and break free.
In the incident report, deputies noted they believed Stilwell was intoxicated.