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Scary ride for Florida college student who says Uber driver tried to kidnap her

Tribune News Service logo Tribune News Service 9/21/2018 By Howard Cohen, Miami Herald
a hand holding a cellphone: Scary ride for Florida college student who says Uber driver tried to kidnap her. © Dreamstime/TNS/Miami Herald/TNS Scary ride for Florida college student who says Uber driver tried to kidnap her.

MIAMI - Brooke Adkins told Tallahassee police she felt secure taking a ride in Destiny Racquel Green's Uber after a night out with friends because Green is a woman.

False sense of security, she told WFLA News Channel 8.

According to a tweet the 19-year-old college student posted on Sept. 19, the Uber driver "kidnapped" her early Wednesday morning and took her for a scary ride.

As a "public service announcement," or "PSA," Adkins tweeted: "Tonight I realized that being kidnapped from an Uber driver is 100 percent real. I'm so thankful that I got out okay but jumping out of a moving car window and running for help has to be the scariest thing I've ever gone thru. I want girls to realize this happens & to be safe, always."

Her post had been retweeted nearly 86,000 times as of Friday morning.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged Green, 31, with two counts of kidnapping - false imprisonment and with the intent to commit or facilitate a felony, according to Leon County Jail records.

Green hasn't said why she wouldn't let Adkins out of her car and is being held with no bail. Adkins told police Green had asked her if it was alright to circle the block near the apartment complex Adkins wanted to be dropped off at near Florida State University because she wanted to finish listening to a song on the car stereo. Adkins tweeted to her 4,500 followers that she said that was OK but to "keep the Uber meter on" so the ride would continue to be tracked.

While Green was circling, an FSU police officer momentarily pulled them over, but ultimately let her resume the ride. But after about half an hour, Green still didn't drop Adkins off at the apartment complex. Green allegedly said she was "taking (Adkins) to a hospital," ABC 3 WEAR TV reported.

After about a half hour, Adkins realized she wasn't getting where she had intended to go and repeatedly asked Green what was happening and to let her out.

"I was far ... I was like, 'where are you taking me?'" she told officers she had said to Green.

Adkins, seated in the back, called 911 and whispered "help me," before jumping out of the moving car through the window as the driver approached a red light. She said the doors were locked, WPTV reported.

Police found Adkins, who had shot Snapchat video of Green driving, with scrapes in a Walgreens parking lot, WFLA reported. Green was apprehended a few hours later.

An Uber spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the driver has been removed from the app and that the company would cooperate with the police investigation.

Uber has a page of safety tips on its website that counsels, among other things, to share ride details with friends of family by tapping "Share status" in the app, which will share the driver's name, photo, license plate, and location. Recipients can track the trip even if they don't have the Uber app, the company says. Adkins told police she had used her phone's Facetime with a friend while Green wasn't letting her out, WEAR TV reported.

Uber is also rolling out a 911 feature in the app, which is designed to call police when pressed.

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