Police: Men posing as taxi drivers pick up man and rob him

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 3, 2016) – Police say two men posing as taxi drivers picked up and robbed a man in Indianapolis early Sunday morning.

The victim says he became separated from a friend while at a downtown bar and called a taxi. He says a faded red four-door Ford car pulled up and the men inside told him they were his taxi and he got in.

The victim says the driver was clean shaven, thin, around 180 pounds, 6’0 tall and wearing a red hoodie and do-rag.

The victim says the second man was described as 6’0, around 210 pounds, with dreads, wearing khaki pants, brown boots and a red hoodie. He added that the man was wearing a black backpack and had just come to the city from Chicago.

The victim says the men were very friendly at first, but when he realized the taxi was not going to his requested destination, they told him to shut up and that they had a gun.

The victim says the two men drove to an alley in the area of Sherman Drive and Washington Street, ordered him out of the car and told him to lie down. The victim says the two subjects then took his wallet, eyeglasses and phone. The victim says the man with the backpack kicked him before the pair got back into the car and fled in an unknown direction.

The victim walked to a PLS check cashing location and called police.