Tallahassee Uber driver arrested on kidnapping charges
September 20, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An Uber driver has been arrested in Tallahassee after police say a woman was held against her will and jumped out of a moving vehicle to escape.
30-year-old Destiny Green, of Tallahassee, was taken into custody on Wednesday.
Tallahassee Police say the incident unfolded early Wednesday morning.
Around 4 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of N. Magnolia Drive and Miccosukee Road after receiving an open line 911 call with a woman heard screaming in the background.
Officers responded to the area and located the victim, who had jeans with rips on both knees and blood soaking through them. She also had a cut on her foot and scrapes on her hands.
The victim told police that she had been at an event and a friend had called her an Uber to pick her up. The victim showed police the name of the driver, Destiny, and vehicle tag number through the Uber app on her cellphone.
The vehicle was found to be registered to Destiny Green.
The victim said she had asked to be dropped off at her home, then while en route, asked to be dropped off at a nearby apartment complex. The victim claims Green asked if she could drive around the block to finish listening to the song that was playing and the victim agreed. Moments later, Green was stopped by Florida State University Police. The victim said Green suddenly asked her to put her hand on the center console and hold it down, and the victim said she "found this weird but did as she asked."
After the traffic stop, the victim said she felt uncomfortable and asked Green to go ahead and drop her off, but claims Green refused.
The victim says Green then said she was going to take her to the hospital and then continuously refused to let her out of the car multiple times when she asked her.
The victim said she felt in fear for her life and could not find the lock for the car's back doors to get out. The victim said she then called a friend because she was scared and tried to tell her what was happening. She then hung up and called 911.
The victim stated that she managed to roll the back window down and held the button down so Green could not roll it back up. At the intersection of N. Magnolia Drive and Miccosukee Road, the victim jumped out of the car window as the vehicle was moving, suffering the injuries observed by police. She then ran to a nearby parking lot and stood with a bystander until police arrived.
Officers later located Green at her home and questioned her about the incident. Green claimed she had just quit working for Uber following the incident, and then said that the victim had asked to be taken to the hospital.
Green denied that the victim had ever asked to be let out of the vehicle and continued to claim that it was the victim's idea to go to the hospital.
The police report states that while speaking with officers, Green "made out of context comments and appeared paranoid."
Green then stated she was in pain and asked to be taken to the hospital where she was medically cleared. After being medically cleared, officers say Green admitted that she was attempting to be admitted to the hospital for an extended period of time.
Following an investigation, Green was arrested and booked into the Leon County Detention Facility on charges of kidnapping to facilitate a felony and false imprisonment.
We have reached out to Uber for comment on the incident. A spokesperson said, "What this rider reported to police is troubling. We have removed the driver from the app and stand ready to support the police investigation."
The spokesperson says they removed the driver's access as soon as they were made aware of the situation, and have reached out to the victim to offer support. The spokesperson added that they also want to remind riders of the emergency button built into the app that connects users to calling 911.