DEVELOPING: Man wanted by CPD in fake rideshare driver case arrested in Florida

Farris Kaloti, 28, allegedly posed as a rideshare driver and refused to let two USC students leave his vehicle

A man wanted by Columbia police for allegedly giving a ride to USC students and then refusing to let them leave his vehicle is in custody Thursday night.

A search of an inmate database maintained by Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department confirmed that Farris Awni Kaloti, 28, was booked by authorities at 6:16 p.m. Thursday. A warrant for his arrest had been issued for violation of pretrial release conditions and a stay away order, as well as domestic violence.

Kaloti came to the attention of USC students Tuesday when it was announced that he was a suspect in a CPD case involving a fake rideshare driver. According to a crime bulletin released by USC police, Kaloti allegedly "[gave] a ride to female students/victims to places other than their desired destination and refus[ed] to let them out of the vehicle."

The Tuesday bulletin said Kaloti was not "affiliated with the university" but was "reported to have been on and around campus."

As of Thursday evening, Kaloti is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami.


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