June 25, 2018
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Portland taxicab driver robbed by man with pellet gun; police seek suspects

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A cab driver was robbed by two men Wednesday night, one of whom shot the driver with a pellet gun, according to police.

The shooter had been picked up by the Elite taxicab driver at the Greyhound station on Congress Street, according to Portland police Sgt. Dean Goodale.

En route to his destination on Cumberland Avenue, the suspect requested that the driver stop and pick up another man near Cumberland Avenue, the sergeant said. When the cab reached its destination, the first man threatened the driver and drew his weapon.

Both men demanded cash from the driver, the sergeant said, and the driver believed the gun wasn’t real and put up a fight. The first suspect shot the driver in the face and neck with the weapon, Goodale said. The second suspect was not armed.

The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Goodale said. The cab driver was treated by paramedics at the scene but was not seriously injured.

The shooter is described as a black male standing between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall, has short curly black hair and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. His accomplice is also a black male, listed as between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and was wearing a gray puffy winter jacket with a red hooded sweatshirt underneath, Goodale said.

Anyone who has seen these suspects should contact Portland police at 874-8575.

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