Uber Driver Arrested After Allegedly Telling 2 Female Passengers ‘You’re Not Going Anywhere’ Attempting to Trap Them in His Car

Richard Lomotey was arrested on kidnapping charges. Police said he tried locking two women in his Uber. (Handout / Handout)

By                  Cecilio Leacock                   IBexclusive  Sunday, May 12, 2019.

(IBEXNews) -An Uber driver was charged with kidnapping after he allegedly tried to lock 2 women in his car in Pittsburgh, police said.

The driver, identified by a Pittsburgh police spokesman as Richard Lomotey, was arrested early Saturday following the incident around 1:30 a.m., cops said.

The women told police that when they got into the car, the driver “commented on their looks and did not follow the GPS directions to the requested address.”

After driving around for a bit, the driver then allegedly pulled over near the intersection of S. Homewood and Penn Ave. and parked the car. He told the female passengers, “You’re not going anywhere,” according to police.

He tried to lock the doors but one of the women was able to open a door and jump out the backseat. The other woman followed suit and they both ran from the car while shouting for help.

Police identified the driver using the Uber app.

Lomotey faces additional charges of harassment and false imprisonment.

He has since been removed from the ride-sharing app, according to the company.

“What’s been described is unacceptable ... we stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement to support their investigations,” an Uber spokesman told the Daily News.

A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania State University Beaver campus confirmed to The News that Lomotey also served an assistant professor of information science technology at the school.

“These allegations are deeply troubling and we have revoked his access to campus as we look into this matter,” Kristen Doerschner said in a statement. “This is obviously a criminal matter and we cannot comment further.”



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