March 21, 2013

Portland cab driver shot, robbed with pellet gun

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A city taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday by a pair of men, one of whom pretended to be a legitimate fare.

Portland police Lt. Robert Ridge said the driver picked up a fare at the Portland Transportation Center and drove the man to Cumberland Avenue where the man said he was going to meet his brother.

When the alleged brother approached the cab, he pulled out a pellet gun, demanded money and shot the driver in the face and neck.

The men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Ridge said the driver, who was hit by two or three pellets, did not appear to be seriously injured and did not need to be hospitalized.

The robbery took place just before 11 p.m.

The suspects are still at large.


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