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Texas Uber driver reportedly carjacked, robbed by passenger at knifepoint

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HARRISON COUNTY, Texas – A Texas Uber driver told authorities he was carjacked and robbed by a passenger at knifepoint Saturday.

Troopers arrested 28-year-old Richard James Darby Jr., of Louisiana, in connection with the incident, the Longview News-Journal reported.

According to the Longview newspaper, Darby was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, resisting arrest and aggravated robbery.

The Uber driver called authorities early Saturday morning to report that he had been kidnapped and had his car stolen by his passenger, the newspaper reported.

The driver reportedly told deputies he picked Darby up from a home in Bedford, Texas, and was taking him to Shreveport, Louisiana where Darby claimed his family was killed.

When Darby and the driver got to Shreveport, Darby reportedly told the driver to go back to the Fort Worth area and put a knife to the driver's throat while driving back to Texas.

According to the News-Journal, the driver slowed his vehicle and jumped out of the car, and Darby then got into the driver's seat and drove away.

Darby, the newspaper reported, was spotted by Hallsville police and he later ditched the victim's car along a Texas highway.

Troopers found Darby shirtless while running through traffic flailing his arms and took him into custody, according to the News-Journal.

Online records show Darby is being held at the Gregg County Jail on three charges.