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Florida Uber Driver Attempted Kidnapping of Teen Passenger

Published on Aug 17, 2020 at 7:31 am in News.

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The North Miami Police Department is currently investigating the attempted kidnapping of South Florida teen Alex Guerrero. On August 14, 2020, Guerrero ordered an Uber. The ride took a terrifying turn, however, when the Uber driver began driving in a different direction.

On that Friday afternoon, Guerrero requested the Uber to take her from her home to a nearby gym. At first, everything seemed normal. That quickly changed, however, when the Uber driver started going the wrong way. She attempted to question the driver, but he wouldn’t answer her or look back at her. The driver then pulled onto the highway.

At that moment, Guerrero began texting her sister, Ashely Guerrero, informing her of her location. The driver ended up taking her to Hialeah, which was approximately 30 minutes away from her destination. The child locks were activated in the vehicle, so she was unable to open any of the doors when the vehicle stopped.

The driver parked in an alleyway near some apartments. Two other men where present and all three began speaking in a language Guerrero didn’t recognize. She pretended to be on the phone with her sister when the men asked her if she wanted to stay there and wait for her. She declined because she didn’t know what was going on or whether the men knew each other.

The Uber driver got back in the vehicle and drove to the Miami Princess Motel, near Miami International Airport. Another man, with money in his hand, came up to the car and asked Guerrero to go with him. Once the man opened the door, she ran into the hotel to ask for help. Her sister showed up and the two reported the incident to the police.

In response to the incident, Uber released the following statement to 7News Miami: “What’s been reported is deeply alarming. The driver’s access to the app has been removed, and we are looking into the matter.”

If you find yourself in a dangerous situation with an Uber driver, you have the right to terminate the ride at any point during the trip. In the event the driver does not stop, you can alert Uber and contact the police.

For those who have suffered injuries as a result of a rideshare driver’s actions, legal action is available. The Rideshare Law Group can evaluate your situation, explain your options, and help you pursue a claim that provides the compensation you need to move forward. Contact us today for more information.