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Taxi passenger robbed at gunpoint

Monday, October 8, 2007 | 10:17 a.m. CDT; updated 4:03 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Police are looking for a man who they say robbed a taxi occupant Monday morning in central Columbia.

The suspect, who is described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140-145 pounds and in his mid-20s, approached the cab at about 2 a.m. in the 1500 block of University Avenue, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release. The suspect then showed the driver a handgun and demanded money. After the driver said he did not have any money, the suspect demanded money from a passenger in the vehicle. According to police reports, the passenger gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money. Neither the victim nor the taxi driver were injured during the robbery.

The suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans with a blue bandanna over the lower half of his face. He was running southeast from the intersection of William and Wilson streets.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-8477.


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