Ghanaian US-based assistant professor charged with kidnapping two women

Ghanaian US-based assistant professor charged with kidnapping two women

A Ghanaian US-based assistant professor at Pensylvannia State University, Richard Lomotey, who sidelines as an Uber driver has been charged with kidnapping two women.

Richard Lomotey, a Ghanaian US-based Uber driver has been arrested following claims that he attempted to hold two women captive in his car in Pittssburgh.

Pittsburgh police spokesman Chris Togneri identified the driver as Richard Lomotey, who faces two counts each of kidnapping, false imprisonment and harassment.

Lomotey, 36 of Monoca, was also identified as an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University's Beaver campus, according to a school spokeswoman.

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The police in Pittsburgh disclosed that two women said they took an Uber with a male driver early Saturday, May 11, 2019, who commented on their looks and "did not follow the GPS directions to the requested address."

Eventually, the women told police, the driver pulled over, put the car in park and said, "You're not going anywhere."

Police accounts further stated that he tried to lock the doors but one of them was able to open a door and escaped from the back seat, followed by the second woman.

Lomotey was identified by the police via the Uber app, Pittsburgh Police spokesperson, Togneri said.

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He disclosed that Lomotey was soon arrested and court dockets show a preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for May 23, 2019.

"What's been described is unacceptable," an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

While adding that "the driver's access to the app has been removed and we stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement to support their investigation."

The director of campus relations at Penn State Beaver, Kristen Doerschner, told CNN the allegations against Lomotey, an assistant professor of Information Science and Technology "are deeply troubling and we have revoked his access to campus as we look into this matter."

She added that "this is obviously a criminal matter and we cannot comment further."

Lomotey did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday, May 12. And for now, it is not clear whether or not he was represented by an attorney.

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Source: Yen Ghana

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