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Woman kidnapped, touched inappropriately by off-duty Uber driver

WEST VIEW, Pa. — An off-duty Uber driver is accused of kidnapping a passenger.

The woman was standing at 7th and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday night, waiting for an Uber she had requested.

A car pulled up with an Uber sticker on it so she got in, but not with the driver she was expecting.

Police in West View say Soumana Dao picked her up even though he wasn't on-duty and wasn't her Uber.


Dao started driving north on Interstate 279 toward his home on Center Avenue in West View, according to police, not toward hers in the South Hills.

Police say he also started touching her inappropriately.

A neighbor heard the woman in distress and stepped in to help her, according to police.

A representative for Uber told Channel 11 Dao is a driver, but wasn't on a trip that night and has since been removed from the app.

The ride-sharing company also advises paying attention to who is picking you up and what car they'll be in.