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News Release
Uber Driver Attacked By Passenger, Successfully Defends Herself - 03/22/20

News Release from Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

Released by: Sgt. James McLaughlin

Release Date: March 22, 2020

Location:    Gateway Loop / Skyline Ranch Road, Bend

Arrested:     Mastalir, Mark M.  Age: 52          Bend, Oregon

Charges:    Kidnap 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Coercion, Menacing, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, and Resisting Arrest

NARRATIVE:

On March 21, 2020, at approximately 11:56pm, Deschutes County 911 received a call from an Uber driver reporting she had just been attacked in her vehicle by a passenger she was transporting.  Several Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Gateway Loop and Skyline Ranch Road, where the victim was waiting on scene. 

Deputies learned the driver was transporting an intoxicated male, later identified as Mark Mastalir of Bend, to a residence on Skyline Ranch Road.  The driver was not provided his specific address on Skyline Ranch Road, only a general area in which to transport Mastalir.  She was told he could lead her to the correct address when they were close.  While in route, Mastalir attacked the driver by pulling her hair and grabbing her right arm, causing her vehicle to swerve dangerously into oncoming traffic and onto the shoulder of the road. Mastalir continued attacking the female driver after the vehicle had stopped. As the assault transitioned to outside the vehicle Mastalir began to slam the driver’s head off of the asphalt roadway.  

The driver successfully fought Mastalir off inside and outside of her vehicle with the use of pepper spray, a handheld stun gun, and a collapsible baton.  She was treated on scene by medics from Bend Fire and was later transported to St. Charles Medical Center by POV.

Deputies quickly located Mastalir near the scene, and took him into custody.  Mastalir suffered severe lacerations to his head, and was treated by medics on scene before being transported to St. Charles Medical Center for additional care.  After his release from the hospital, deputies booked Mastalir into the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the charges of Kidnap 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Coercion, Menacing, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Resisting Arrest.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 

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