Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 30, 2013

Taxi driver robbed Monday

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A taxi cab driver was robbed in front of his residence early Monday by two men – at least one of whom claimed to be armed, authorities said.

Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel said the robbery took place shortly before 4 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of Woodlawn Street.

Detective Sgt. Daniel Franklin, reading from a report, said police arrived at the address to find the cab driver, who told them he was robbed when coming out of his residence and attempting to climb in his vehicle.

He said he was stopped by two men walking toward him from behind – one wearing a dark colored hoodie and the other wearing a dark colored sweatshirt.

“One of them said 'Give me your money,' and he turned to look at them,” Franklin said. “One of them stated he had a gun. He said he handed them a bag that had money inside, removed the money and gave it to them.”

The two men then left the scene on foot in an unspecified direction, reports show.

The investigation into the robbery continued Monday. Cherokee County Crime Stoppers also is offering a cash reward for information that leads to capture and conviction in this case, Franklin said.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 866-586-7878.