Memphis police officer charged with kidnapping, raping woman while driving for Lyft, officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police have confirmed an officer who was working as a Lyft driver is charged with kidnapping and raping a woman in Northeast Memphis Wednesday.

Travis Pride faced a judge at 201 Poplar Thursday morning.

According to an affidavit, Pride, 31, picked up a woman yesterday after she requested a Lyft ride to Parkway Village.

The woman told police she ended up at an apartment off Sycamore View, where Pride allegedly pulled her from the backseat of his car and forced her into the apartment before raping her.

She said she didn’t run because she was afraid of what Pride would do if she didn’t cooperate, according to the affidavit.

A search warrant was obtained for Pride’s home.

His vehicle was towed for processing.

Memphis police said they were notified that a Lyft driver picked up a woman in the 5100 block of Cottonwood and drove her to the 6400 block of Ridgebrook Lane, where the assault happened.

The victim was taken to her home, where she contacted police.

Sex crimes investigators identified Pride as the driver, police said.

Price was identified as an off-duty MPD officer who was working additional employment that was not departmentally authorized, police said.

He was located and taken to the Sex Crimes Bureau, where he was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Rape.

He was relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

He was hired in July 2018 and is assigned to Appling Farms Station, police said.

Less than 24 hours after being arrested by his own coworkers, Pride made an in-person court appearance Thursday morning.

Pride told a judge he expected to make his $150,000 bond.

The judge gave him specific instructions to stay away from the victim.

When Pride saw FOX13′s cameras in the courtroom, he quickly turned away,

He is expected back in court Friday with his lawyer.

This investigation is ongoing.