Adam Salaz

Adam Salaz (Photo courtesy of Grand Junction Police Department)

ALBUQUERQUE • A man accused of trying to kidnap his Uber driver in Colorado is being held in New Mexico.

Adam Salaz, 23, of Grand Junction, was arrested in Carlsbad over the weekend by local deputies, KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported Sunday.

Salaz ordered an Uber near Grand Junction on Saturday, according to police. When the driver arrived, Salaz allegedly flashed a gun at her and ordered her to drive him to the desert.

Authorities say the driver escaped by jumping out of the car as it was moving. She only suffered minor injuries.

Salaz continued on with the driver’s car before running into Eddy County deputies. He was taken into custody without incident and is now facing kidnapping charges.

It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

The ride-sharing app recently released statistics of incidents that happened in their drivers’ cars over the last few years. According to the findings, there were nearly 500 reports of rape between 2017 and 2018 and almost 600 cases of attempted rape.

Uber received almost 6,000 reports of sexual abuse in that same time period where riders and drivers were victims.

In 2018, Uber added a panic button feature that immediately connects riders or drivers to 911.

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