Local taxi driver assaulted, cab stolen

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On 2024-02-08 at 2141 hrs, police responded to the 1000 block of 18th Street as a taxi driver reported his fare had assaulted him and stolen his taxi.  Police investigation resulted in learning that the driver had initially picked up the fare from a residence in the 700 block of 11th Street.  While driving the suspect began to assault the driver, whereby the driver pulled into a nearby parking lot and abandoned the vehicle in the 1000 block of 18th Street.  The suspect then proceeded to get into the driver’s seat and drove away.  No injuries were sustained by the cab driver and a vehicle GPS system within the cab guided police to the 300 block of 15th Street where the stolen vehicle was found unoccupied. Footprints in the snow leading away from the vehicle resulted in locating a 43-year-old male suspect hiding in a yard nearby. The accused was arrested without incident for Robbery with Violence, Theft of Motor Vehicle and Drive while Disqualified.  A check of police records also revealed that the suspect was responsible for an armed robbery of an individual on the evening of 2024-01-30.  On this occasion two suspects wearing masks, came to the door of an apartment in the 200 block of 15th Street.  The door was answered by the resident, whereby the victim was struck in the head with a machete.  The 49-year-old male victim was transported to the hospital and received treatment for his injuries.  On 2024-01-21.  A 17-year-old female co-accused was arrested and held for court.

The 43-year-old male suspect will appear in court 2024-02-09 for charges stemming from both incidents for the offences of Robbery with Violence X2, Theft of Motor Vehicle, and Drive While Disqualified.