Uber Kidnapping Charges
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A Pittsburgh-based Uber driver is being accused of attempting to kidnap two of his clients. Police have identified the suspect as Richard Lomotey, who is also an assistant professor at Penn State University's Beaver campus. They say he picked up two women for an Uber ride early Saturday morning. At one point during the ride, the women say Lomotey pulled the car over, and told them quote "you're not going anywhere" and tried to lock the doors. Both of them were able to escape the car and contact police, the women say. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month. A spokeswoman at PSU Beaver calls the allegations deeply troubling and that Lomotey's access to the campus is revoked. When using ride services like Uber or Lyft it's always important to keep safety in mind. First, always ask your driver who they're picking up drivers have their rider's names through the app. Also, check the license plate number, make and model of the car before getting in riders can access this information on the app, as well as the driver's name and photo.