Cab driver grazed by bullet during attempted robbery, suspect on the loose

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that attempted to rob a taxi driver at gunpoint on Dec. 24.

Investigators say a taxi driver was waiting at the stop light at George Washington Highway and Elm Avenue at 11:45 p.m. when a man approached him and said he needed a ride to the intersection of Lincoln Street and Elm Street. The driver agreed to take him there, and the suspect got inside the cab.

As they got closer to the location, the suspect told the cab driver that he needed to go to Lincoln Street and Charleston Avenue. The victim drove the suspect to that location. As they arrived, the victim displayed a gun and demanded that the cab driver give him everything he had. The cab driver ran out of the vehicle and the suspect fired two shots at him, grazing his arm.

During their investigation, police were able to obtain two surveillance video pictures of the suspect. The suspect was described as light-skinned black male in his mid to late twenties, with a small amount of facial hair. He stands approximately 5’8”-5’10” tall and was last seen wearing a hoodie with black writing on the front and on the upper left shoulder, black pants, white sneakers, and a baseball cap with a black bill.

Anyone who can identify the male pictured in the photographs is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.


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