LISBON, Maine — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 45-year-old Lewiston man who police say robbed a taxi driver Thursday night on Fillion Street in Lisbon.
The suspect, Orlando Perez, also known as Orlando DePerez, is considered dangerous, according to Lisbon Police Detective Bernard McAllister. He has previously been convicted of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact, and was arrested last year for possession of cocaine and failure to register as a sex offender, among other crimes.
Police received a report of robbery at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, according to McAllister.
The cab driver, who McAllister said is “in his fifties” and drives for Five Star Taxi in Lewiston, picked up the suspect on Drummond Street in Auburn and drove him to Fillion Street, where the suspect told the driver to stop, McAllister said.
“The subject then put what [the cab driver] believed to be a knife or a metal object to his throat and asked him for money,” McAllister said. “Then he exited the cab and headed toward Lisbon Street and the Farwell Mill complex.”
The suspect obtained “a small amount of cash,” according to police.
The incident left a “slight mark” on the victim’s neck.
After an extensive investigation, police on Tuesday obtained an arrest warrant for Perez.
In June 2013, Perez was arrested in Portland and charged with engaging a prostitute.
Then-Portland city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said at the time that Perez had previously been convicted of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact, and has a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. Since changing his name to DePerez, he had not registered with Portland police.
In addition to being charged with engaging a prostitute, Perez was charged last year with possession of cocaine and failure to comply with the sex offender registry.