Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Taxi driver robbed, beaten by passengers in Wheaton

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A taxi driver was treated for minor injuries after three male passengers beat him, kicked him and took his property in a July 14 robbery in Wheaton.

The 50-year-old driver from Rockville picked up the three men from the Rockville Metro station who asked to be taken to the 13500 block of Grenoble Drive. When they reached the destination, the men pulled the taxi driver out of the cab and assaulted him. They then took some property from the driver and fled, according to a news release from Montgomery County Police.

The driver was injured but drove himself to the hospital. He was treated and released, police said.

The robbers were black. One was 20 to 22 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. He had short- cropped hair and wore dark jeans and a green polo short. The man was 25 to 27 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighed between 150 and 170 pounds. He wore a white T-shirt, black pants and had an afro hairstyle. The third man was 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. He wore a black T-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call 240-773-5100.

Man charged with attemptedmurder for stabbing

Police charged a 35-year-old man with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault in connection with a July 13 stabbing in the Peppertree Farm neighborhood of Silver Spring.

Tommie Lee Pride of no fixed address was taken into custody July 18 on a warrant. He was found in the 1500 block of Butler Street SE, Washington, D.C. He remains in custody in Washington D.C., and awaits extradition to Montgomery County, according to a news release from Montgomery County Police.

Police say Pride stabbed a 34-year-old male resident of a condominium in the 3300 block of Weeping Willow Court about 1:30 a.m. The man was critically injured but is expected to recover, according to police.

A motive for the assault is still under investigation.