Two women charged in death of Lyft rideshare passenger
Two women have been arrested in connection with the death of Amber Dudley, who was killed during a robbery gone awry last month.
Dominique Richter, 31, of Hamilton, and Kasey DeZolt, 32, of Morrisville, Pa., are both charged as accomplices in the death of Dudley, who was shot in the chest while being driven by a man providing rides through Lyft, which is a peer-to-peer ridesharing service similar to Uber.
Dudley, a 27-year-old from Collingswood, was one of three passengers in the car November 30 when a man armed with a handgun tried to enter the rear of the vehicle on Mechanics Avenue. Officials say the suspect tried to rob the occupants of the car, which sparked a struggle between he and the passengers. The Lyft driver then sped away and the gunman fired a shot.
After Dudley was shot, the Lyft driver sped to TPD headquarters in the 200 block of North Clinton Avenue, about a mile away from the shooting scene. Patrol vehicles then sped back to the police station, and law enforcement frantically tried to save Dudley.
Officers and EMS personnel hurried to perform life-saving measures as Dudley lay spread out on the ground on the passenger side of a Toyota Corolla that was parked outside of the headquarters building. It took about 20 minutes for them to stabilize her and place Dudley in an ambulance.
But their efforts were not enough; Dudley later died at the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery.
Richter was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the murder, and DeZolt was apprehended Thursday morning.
Sources told The Trentonian the gunman remains on the run.
Richter lists Capital Health Regional Medical Center as her employer on Facebook. The hospital, though, would not confirm the status of Richter’s employment following her arrest.
“We actually don’t provide information whenever it’s a police matter,” Capital Health spokeswoman Kate Stier said in a message. “With this particular case, it is a police matter, so we don’t have anything to provide you as far as information.”
On her LinkedIn profile, DeZolt lists her employer as Edible Arrangements, where she’s worked as a Customer Service Store Manager. A representative from the store said they don’t have an employee with the last name DeZolt.
Richter and DeZolt are each charged with accomplice liability felony murder, accomplice liability robbery, accomplice liability unlawful possession of a weapon and accomplice liability possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.
Each of their bail amounts were set at $1 million.