Pittsburgh Bureau of Police investigators took a harassment report on May 16 from a woman who said an Uber driver held her against her will five days before.
The woman told Zone 5 officers that she was leaving a nightclub on the 7200 block of Kelly Street in the early morning hours of May 11 when she observed a vehicle with an Uber decal on the front windshield. She said she got in the front seat, handed the driver $10 and told him where she lives. She did not use the Uber app.
She stated that the driver accepted the fee and began to drive. She said he repeatedly asked her about her relationship status, grabbed her wrist, and locked the doors. When the woman unlocked the doors, he would lock them again.
Eventually, the driver and woman began struggling in the car, she said, and the driver ripped her shirt and bra. Fearing for her safety, she jumped from the moving vehicle somewhere in Homewood. Police observed the woman had scrapes on her right shoulder and right knee.
She did not initially file a police report, but did so after seeing reports of a similar incident the same night in Homewood. (http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/blotterview.html?id=24)
In that case, Police arrested Richard Lomotey on kidnapping, harassment and false imprisonment. The female victim said she saw Lomotey’s photo on the news and was certain he was the driver who assaulted her.
Police then interviewed one of the victims from the initial report who stated that after Lomotey picked her and a friend up on the 7100 block of Frankstown Avenue, they saw a female running down the street with torn clothing, limping, and appearing to be in distress. They said they asked Lomotey to stop and help her but he refused.
Police arrested Richard Lomotey this morning on new charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and simple assault.
The investigation continues.
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