Penn State Beaver Professor Accused Of Kidnapping, Harassment While Driving Uber
A Penn State Beaver professor faces multiple charges after allegedly kidnapping and harassing two women over the weekend, while serving as their Uber driver, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing a police report.
Richard Lomotey, an assistant professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Beaver, was charged with two counts each of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and harassment.
While driving two women home in Pittsburgh early Saturday morning, Lomotey allegedly strayed from his Uber route, told the women he was single, complimented their appearances, and said he wanted to “get with them,” according to the police report. After parking the car on the side of the road, Lomotey allegedly locked it and told both women they were “not going anywhere.”
Although Lomotey locked the car doors, both passengers were able to escape uninjured by jumping out the backseat, according to the report. They later used Lomotey’s driver and vehicle information from the Uber app to positively identify him to police.
Penn State Beaver spokeswoman Kristen Doerschner called the allegations “deeply troubling” and said Lomotey’s campus access has since been revoked, according to the New York Post. The Post also reported his access to Uber has also been revoked since the charges.
The Post-Gazette reported that an arrest was made by police Saturday afternoon, but no further details were available.
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