ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A rideshare driver is wanted in Asheville for taking a customer to a location they did not request. The Asheville Police Department is trying to find Anthony Bruce Campbell, according to police representative Christina Hallingse. Campbell has one open warrant for felonious restraint, Hallingse said. Police responded to a call Tuesday about an incident of a rideshare driver diverting from the customers requested route, Hallingse said. Investigators with the APD Major Crimes Unit identified the driver as Campbell, according to Hallingse. Campbell is described as 37 years old, six feet, two inches tall and weighing about 225 pounds. He is bald with hazel eyes, Hallingse said. Police confirmed that Campbell has been fired from his position with the rideshare company, but the name of the company was not released. The victim in this case was not injured during the incident, Hallingse said. Anyone with information about Anthony Bruce Campbell is asked contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050. When using a ride-sharing program, police say riders should consider the following safety tips:
- Confirm you’re getting in the right vehicle – Rideshare programs will provide you with detailed vehicle information. Double check that the car description, license plate number and driver’s name matches the vehicle picking you up. If the vehicle description/name do not match, cancel the ride and report the incident to the rideshare service.
- Share your ride in real time – Rideshare services offer a “send status” feature to send your friends and/or family a map of your route and expected time of arrival.
- Ride in the rear of the vehicle – Place some distance between you and your driver by not riding in the front seat of the vehicle.
- Don’t pay in cash – Rideshare programs charge rides to the riders’ credit cards, so no cash is ever exchanged. If a rideshare driver asks you to pay in cash, this is a red flag and we recommend you leaving the vehicle before starting the ride.