Two men order taxi, then rob it

Saturday, October 13, 2007 | 5:01 p.m. CDT; updated 5:55 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested two men Friday afternoon on suspicion of attempting to rob a taxi driver Monday in eastern Columbia.

Javone A. Robinson, 20, and Rickie Ray Furlong, 23, both of Columbia, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery in connection with an incident on the 1500 block of University Avenue, according to a police news release.

Police said Robinson played the role of the passenger and called the taxi company to request a ride early Monday morning. When the taxi arrived at the 1500 block of University Avenue, Robinson got inside and Furlong approached the cab with a gun and demanded money. After the driver denied having any money, Robinson acted like a victim and gave Furlong money. Furlong then fled the area.

The gun Furlong used was a pellet or BB gun that Robinson had provided, according to the release.

As of Saturday afternoon, Robinson and Furlong were being held in the Boone County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

— Missourian staff

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