Ride-hail driver locks doors, demands money from elderly woman in pool

A 71-year-old woman was held in an ride-hail vehicle whose driver demanded additional fare before finally letting her out Wednesday night in what San Francisco police are calling a kidnapping case.

The victim was in an unknown ride-hail pool, which allows more than one passenger and more than one destination, akin to services provided by Uber and Lyft.

The victim — the final passenger on the ride — was headed to 40th Avenue and Balboa Street in the Richmond District at around 5:20 p.m. But the driver stopped blocks from the drop off point and and demanded more money before going any further.

When she refused to hand over any more money, the driver locked the doors and began to drive “erratically.”

Finally she was let out of the car and she fled.

San Francisco police spokesperson Officer Carlos Manfredi said there has not been an arrest yet, but it is probable since app-based ride-hail companies can track their drivers. But, he added, an interview of the driver could reveal additional information in the case.

Police say they do not release the information of ride-hail companies.

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