On Wednesday, a California Uber driver was arrested after passengers went and told the police that he threatened and forced them to remain in his vehicle. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, 35-year-old Kaled Elasyedsa Ali, of Anaheim, was charged with kidnapping and felony evading arrest.
Police officials said the first 911 call came from a female victim around 6:43 p.m., she said her Uber driver was refusing to stop and let her out. While officers were responding, three more 911 calls were received reporting similar accounts of an Uber driver.
“All of those victims involved were able to exit the vehicle unharmed and reported that the suspect may have been armed with a handgun and had threatened to kidnap the victims,” according to a news release police department said.
When officers spotted Kaled’s car, and tried to stop him, he fled with two passengers in his vehicle.“A vehicle pursuit ensued and assistance was requested from the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support,” the news release said. “During the pursuit, both passengers/victims were able to jump out of the moving vehicle, suffering minor injuries.”
Ali was eventually stopped in the area of Montana Avenue and Bundy Drive and taken into custody. The driver was charged with kidnapping and felony evading arrest. He was being held Thursday on a $100,000 bail.