ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Two people carjacked and pepper-sprayed an Uber driver Wednesday evening in north St. Louis County.

The Uber driver, a man in his 50s, was planning to pick up someone around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday in a subdivision near Towering Pines Drive and Sugartrail Drive.

Investigators say the Uber driver got out of the car to help who help two people who he believed were riding. After he was lured from the car, the two people pepper-sprayed him and took the car. 

Police said this was an Uber ride requested through the app. the victim suffered minor injuries after he was pepper-sprayed, though his vehicle has since been recovered. No arrests have been made in connection with the case.

“It’s a shame when someone is just trying to earn money gets assaulted and gets their property wrecked. Some people are just trying to earn an honest living,” said Lucy Willis, a nearby resident.

Lucy Willis said she’s lived here for five years, and was shocked to hear that an Uber driver was pepper-sprayed and carjacked.

“For this one little tiny corner of North County, it’s a secluded oasis of peace and quiet where we never hear fist fights and we never hear gunfire,” said Willis.

Grace Randazzo is the Office Manager for Sugartree Homes Association, where the allaged incident unfolded. She said it’s unusual, but their community looks out for one another.

“They pepper-sprayed the Uber driver and took his vehicle, and that was witnessed by one of the homeowners, a longtime homeowner,” she said. “And immediately because we watch out for each other, they did call the police.”

Police say the car was found in Belleville, Illinois.

FOX 2 has reached out to Uber for a comment, and a spokesperson released the following statement:

“What the driver reported is terrifying.  We’ve been in touch with him and the police, banned the rider account, and look forward to supporting the investigation.”

The St. Louis County Police Department is handling the investigation.