INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Yellow Cab is offering a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest of suspects who robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint late Sunday night.
The incident occurred near the intersection of W. 12th St. and N. Pershing Ave. on the city’s near northwest side at approximately 10:35 p.m.
According to the police report, the 33-year-old driver told police he was dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of N. Pershing Ave. to pick up someone named “Dejaun”. When he arrived, the driver said three men approached the vehicle.
The driver said two of the men got inside the taxi, while the third suspect stood outside. He reported one of the suspects presented a small, silver handgun and placed it against the right side of his head.
The suspects demanded the driver give over everything he had, according to the police report. The driver said one of the suspects later emptied out his pockets, taking approximately $12 in cash, his house and car keys and his wallet.
An on-board camera in the taxi shows the entire robbery, which lasted less than 30 seconds. In it, the suspect in the rear passenger seat suddenly pulls a handgun and points it at the driver’s neck.
The driver can be heard saying, “I don’t have anything, I don’t have anything!”
The suspect then shouts, “Don’t move!”
The driver replies, “I promise I won’t.” And later, “You can have the car if you want to… Get everything. Please take it.”
Indianapolis Yellow Cab Operations manager Tim Neville reacted emotionally when he saw the video of one of his drivers being threatened at gunpoint.
“Makes me very angry that someone would force money away from a person just trying to make a living,” Neville said.
The incident also reminds Neville of a violent week in August 2006. Taxi driver Clarence “Chip” Hoosier was fatally shot in the chest during a robbery while he was on the job. Three teens were arrested and later convicted in the case.
In the most recent case, the driver told police he recognized one of the suspects as a client he picked up several months ago.
One suspect was described to be a thin, clean shaven black male, between 17 and 23 years old and approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall. He was wearing a reddish-brown hoodie and dark jeans. The armed suspect was described to be in his teens and was wearing a white hoodie. A description of the third suspect is unknown at this time.