CPD: Man posed as Uber driver, attempted to kidnap woman
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – Columbia Police Department investigators say they’ve arrested a man accused of pretending to be an Uber driver and kidnapping a female victim.
Andre Montel Bouknight is now charged with kidnapping in connection with an incident that happened Friday, April 20.
The 20-year-old victim told police that she mistakenly believed that the suspect, who was driving a black Dodge Charger at the time, was working for Uber. Bouknight allegedly told the victim that he was an Uber driver and could take her home.
The victim willingly got inside of Bouknight’s car, she repeatedly told him to take her to a specific place. The suspect instead allegedly drove her to various places in the city and refused to let the victim out of the car.
Fearing for her safety, the victim used her cell phone to call friends for help. The friends then called 911 and helped police in finding the car at the 900 block of Assembly St.
Officers also charged Bouknight with possession of cocaine, open container and driving under suspension after stopping him. The victim was also found unharmed.
Investigators determined that Bouknight prevented the victim from getting out of the car and filed the kidnapping charges against the suspect last week.
Bouknight is now at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention center and has been released on a $25,000 bond.