PA - Richard Lomotey, 36, Uber Driver/Teaches at Penn State Arrested Kidnapping 2 Women 11 May 2019

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  1. PastTense

    PastTense Well-Known Member

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    Uber driver, Penn State professor accused of kidnapping and harassment
     
  2. scarletstar

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    glad the ladies were able to get away and get this man caught!
     
  3. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    wow if he was that bold to kidnap two women, it makes me wonder what other crimes hes gotten away with ... maybe there are missing or murdered women that he is responsible for
     
  4. CCJD

    CCJD Well-Known Member

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    Mr Lamotey gave his side on the news tonight. He says the charges are false. He's very believable. (Video at link)

    "Two counts of kidnapping, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of harassment. I was shell-shocked," he said.
    That driver, Richard Lomotey, spoke exclusively with Channel 11's Rick Earle after a judge released him on his own recognizance.

    .........

    "I'm asking myself, 'Why am I here? What's going on?' Nobody would tell me anything," Lomotey said.
    Fourteen hours later, he was released from jail.


    UBER KIDNAPPING: Local Uber driver describes being blindsided by police after night of driving
     
  5. CCJD

    CCJD Well-Known Member

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    Well, I'm reserving judgement on this until it goes through the legal process ...

    "On Thursday, police spoke with a woman who reported she was receiving calls from her cellphone that she’d lost the week prior, according to the criminal complaint. She said she’d lost her phone when she leapt from a moving vehicle to escape from an Uber driver.


    The woman told police she was leaving the Galaxy Nightclub early on May 11 in Homewood when she spotted a car with an Uber decal. She said she got in, gave the driver $10 and her address and asked him to drive her home, according to the complaint. She did not use the Uber app."



    Uber driver charged with kidnapping in Pittsburgh accused of same crime on same night | TribLIVE.com
     
  6. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    Exactly. I'm sure they're looking into that.
     
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  7. AzPistonsGirl

    AzPistonsGirl Detroit to the Bone

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    well this is confusing, but truth is usually stranger than fiction...
     
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  8. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    delete
     
  9. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    whhhhaaattttttt
    he did the same thing to another victim the same night?!
    this sure makes his other charges seem legit
     
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  10. CCJD

    CCJD Well-Known Member

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    I'm just not so sure about that but I'll be patient and see how it all comes out.
     
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    I am confused..how do you get calls from a lost phone?? I listened to this guy when he was on local tv. He seems believable,but now I am on the fence. Crazy this going on after what happened in South Carolina with the Uber driver there.
     
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  12. CCJD

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    RSBM

    Inquiring minds want to know.
     
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    Richrd Five Year Member

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    .
    Pennsylvania
    Allegheny County
    Richard Lomotey, 36
    Accused of Three KidnappingS+
    11 May 2019

    Defendant:
    Richard Lomotey

    Black / Male / 36 Years Old
    Born: 9 May 1983

    1)) Trib Live dot Com:
    Uber driver charged with kidnapping in Pittsburgh accused of same crime on same night | TribLIVE.com
    Some Court Documents:
    A))
    https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docketsheets/MDJReport.ashx?docketNumber=MJ-05003-CR-0003774-2019&dnh=ThkMVu03WekjsDhmdIrwaQ==

    B)) https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docketsheets/MDJReport.ashx?docketNumber=MJ-05003-CR-0003512-2019&dnh=1/afpszB0nLShWo7mdVpAA==

    C)) https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docketsheets/MDJCourtSummaryReport.ashx?docketNumber=MJ-05003-CR-0003512-2019&dnh=1/afpszB0nLShWo7mdVpAA==

    Grades of PA Crimes:
    F1 = Felony of 1st Degree
    F2 = Felony of 2nd Degree
    F3 = Felony of 3rd Degree

    M1 = Misdemeanor of 1st Degree
    M2 = Misdemeanor of 2nd Degree

    M3 = Misdemeanor of 3rd Degree
    S = Summary

    [Message 6473
    Thread 444282]
    .
     
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  14. beatrixpotter

    beatrixpotter Well-Known Member

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    I'm confused. So he's accused of doing this to three women? Two who were together and another woman separately the same night?

    I found his interview believable till the end and then something about the expression on his face seemed slightly off. But it also seems sort of insane for an uber driver who is also a professor to decide to start kidnapping women. And two at once? Why go for two women at once? That seems like a sure fire way to fail. And I can see someone also panicking if their uber driver pulled over and they didn't understand what he was doing. And it was late at night etc.
     
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  15. AzPistonsGirl

    AzPistonsGirl Detroit to the Bone

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    I am not casting doubt on anyone's story here - sounds like there was certainly a crime here, but I just have to ask... The first woman, who said she was getting calls from her phone. Where was she getting these calls if she had lost her phone? Like, maybe at her home phone on a land line?
     
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  16. CCJD

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    My sister said the same thing. I don't know, an awful lot of people have ditched the landline since most have cell phones.

    I've heard and read just about everything about this. I'm fairly local to the area(s) involved so, of course, it's piqued my interest but I'm determined not to draw conclusions based on the incomplete info we have. I do have a lot of questions, though. :confused:
     
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  17. AzPistonsGirl

    AzPistonsGirl Detroit to the Bone

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    yeah, no one I know (granted, I have a small circle lol...) has landlines, but who knows. Where else would she be getting calls? Not even sure it matters, but it might, and it just seems weird. Probably just lacking in clarity though.
     
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  18. jjenny

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    She could have gotten a new cell phone, potentially with the same number, to replace the one that was lost.
     
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  19. beatrixpotter

    beatrixpotter Well-Known Member

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    I have a land line and don't own a cell phone. But why would her lost cell phone being calling her land line even if she does have a land line? When my husband has misplaced his cell it's not making calls to the land line for sure.
     
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  20. AzPistonsGirl

    AzPistonsGirl Detroit to the Bone

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    of course, thank you! So, the old phone would still be serviceable and able to call itself? (I really have no clue.)
     
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