March 21, 2013

Portland police seek 2 in pellet-gun shooting of cab driver

By David Hench
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Police are looking for two men who robbed a cab driver Wednesday night then shot him with a pellet gun.

Police released descriptions of the two attackers Thursday morning and asked that anyone with information contact them.

Police said the Elite Taxi driver picked up a fare at 10:30 p.m. at Congress and St. John streets and drove up Cumberland Avenue where he was directed to pick up a second man, police said.

The first man was described as black, between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, with short curly hair and a red hooded sweatshirt. The second man was described as black, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, wearing a gray puffy coat and a red hooded sweatshirt.

Police said the first man pulled a gun on the cab driver at 563 Cumberland Ave. and demanded money. The driver didn't believe the gun was real and refused and fought with the two men. They ran, but the first one turned and fired at the driver, hitting him in the face and neck with either BBs or pellets, police said.

The man was treated by rescue workers but was not taken to the hospital.

No money was taken.

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