Police have apprehended Miami resident Farris Kaloti, who allegedly pretended to be an Uber driver and lured women into his car, where he kept them captive.
According to The State, Kaloti was arrested on outstanding warrants, one for assault and the other for domestic violence, both unrelated to his most recent offenses.
Kaloti had been allegedly offering rides to female University of South Carolina students, but took them to unwanted locations and refused to let them leave, pulling them back into the car. Two women reported such incidents to police. One of the women went to a hospital following the incident, where she was treated for minor injuries to her leg.
Police arrested Kaloti after a detective and resident recognized him as a frequent shopper of a local Whole Foods, later stopping him for a traffic violation.
“The reason that police acted immediately is because they wanted to protect the public in case he did something similar in this area,” said spokeswoman Michelle Hammontree.
Kaloti is currently being held on a $9,999 bond.
USC had alerted students to the potential danger before Kaloti's arrest. Students had also warned each other on social media of the predator.
Kaloti has a prior criminal record. According to The Miami HeraId, he had previously been arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, violating a protective order, and misdemeanor domestic violence. He has also faced charges pertaining to resisting an officer with violence and resisting an officer without violence.
Anyone with more information about Kaloti is asked to call the USC Police Department at 803-777-4215, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
[Photo: Miami-Dade County Police]
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