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Professor Working As Uber Driver Charged With Kidnapping 2 Women

Sarah Kovash
90.5 WESA

Authorities say a western Pennsylvania professor working as an Uber driver has been charged with holding two women against their will in his vehicle over the weekend.

Thirty-six-year-old Richard Lomotey is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and harassment.

Pittsburgh police said Lomotey picked the women up early Saturday and was supposed to drive to Penn Hills, but veered from the route, pulled over, said "You're not going anywhere" and tried to lock the doors, but the women escaped.

Penn State-Beaver says Lomotey is an assistant professor but has been placed on leave following the "deeply troubling" allegations. Uber called the alleged actions "unacceptable" and said his access to the app has been removed.

Court documents don't list a defense attorney and a listed number for Lomotey couldn't be found Monday.