Uber driver located after possible kidnapping attempt in Smyrna

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SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities have located an Uber driver sought by Smyrna police after the department says a juvenile passenger jumped from his vehicle, believing she was being kidnapped.

The passenger’s father, Archie Hunt told News 2 his 17-year-old daughter frequently takes an Uber home from work in Smyrna and did so Friday night; however, Hunt said his daughter became worried when the driver went the opposite direction of her destination.

Hunt said his daughter informed the driver numerous times that he was going the wrong way, but he did not acknowledge her, leading her to believe she was being kidnapped.

“She’s rented a thousand Ubers and they all go the same way,” Hunt explained. “For whatever reason, when they got to wherever they were at, he went left instead of right and she said something to him and he grabbed her by the collar.”

According to Hunt, his daughter was able to jump from the Uber and get to safety, while the driver kept going.

Smyrna police identified the Uber driver as Jairo Alfonso Duarte and issued an alert Monday morning for the Florida man.

Officers said Duarte was eventually located Monday afternoon, but the department did not immediately provide any additional information.

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