June 20, 2018
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Taxicab driver threatened with knife, police say

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Presque Isle police are seeking the public’s help to find three individuals they say threatened a taxicab driver early Wednesday morning.

Presque Isle police Detective Sgt. Wayne Selfridge said the incident took place at around 12:30 a.m. on a stretch of U.S Route 1 known as the Houlton Road in Presque Isle.

According to Selfridge, the driver from Bangor Taxi in Bangor had transported passengers from the city to Aroostook County and dropped them off in Presque Isle.

On his way back to Bangor, the taxi driver was flagged down on the Houlton Road and then accosted by three people.

The detective said one suspect, who was armed with a knife, threatened to kill the driver. The driver was able to flee the vehicle. He left the cab in a ditch and ran to a nearby motel.

Police responded to the call and found the abandoned taxicab, but the suspects had fled the scene. Police did not report whether anything was stolen from the driver or the cab.

Deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted with the investigation, which was led by PIPD Officer Kevin Reed and Sgt. Eric Erickson.

Selfridge said no other information could be released Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Presque Isle Police Department at 764-4476.

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