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Uber driver alleges passenger said he would slit her throat

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 17:21:10-04

A night out for a Bellevue man landed him in jail when he threatens the life of an Uber driver giving him a ride home. Richard Moreno, 30, has been charged with terroristic threats which is a Class 3A felony.

Prosecutors said that overnight on May 29, a female Uber driver picked him up in downtown Omaha to take him to his Bellevue apartment. While on the way he asked her out multiple times. She said no, and he allegedly said it didn't have to end this way and he would slit her throat.

“I’m not sure where he was dropped off. I just know that she asked him to exit the vehicle numerous times, allegedly, he did exit the vehicle, and she contacted police,” Sarpy County Deputy Attorney Phil Kleine said.

The Sarpy County Court judge went with the prosecution's bond recommendation because of the allegations.

“Tell you what, I'm going to tack that $25,000/10%. That's kind of troubling," the judge said.

Moreno posted bond this week, and will be back in court in July. If convicted he faces up to 3 years in prison.

He did not want to comment on his pending court case when approached on Thursday.

Uber responded in a statement sent Thursday afternoon: "What's been described is concerning, and we're grateful for law enforcement's diligent work to make an arrest in this case. We will continue to support their investigation in any way possible."

Uber says they have developed safety tips for drivers with law enforcement and safety experts.