EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 31, 2012

Taxi driver carjacked, robbed in Lawrence

By Jill Harmacinski jharmacinski@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE - A cab driver had a knife pressed to his throat and his taxi stolen as he dropped off a fare at McDonald’s on Broadway late yesterday morning.

The taxi, a yellow Dodge minivan, was found dumped and left running at 2 Museum Square several minutes later.

Police were still searching for the carjacker, who stole the cab driver’s wallet, cell phone and a sub sandwich he had just bought at La Rubia restaurant at 52 Common St.

The cab driver, a 60-year-old man, had ordered a sub at La Rubia when the suspect approached him and asked him for a ride to McDonald’s at 50 Broadway. The driver told him it would cost $4 and he agreed, according to a police report by officer George Wood.

A couple of minutes later, when they got to McDonald’s, the fare pulled out a silver buck knife, pressed it to the driver’s throat and said ‘this is a robbery,” Wood wrote. The driver jumped out of the cab and ran and the suspect hopped behind the wheel and drove away.

Several minutes later, the taxi was found empty and running at 2 Museum Sq. The cab driver’s belongings were gone.

The suspect is a white male in his late 20s, 5 feet, 10 inches tall with short black hair. He was wearing a gray zip up jacket and dark jeans yesterday, according to police.

Police yesterday were checking surveillance cameras at area businesses and apartment buildings to see if the suspect was captured on video surveillance. The taxi was also towed to Coady’s on Marston Street where it will be processed for fingerprints, police said.

The cab driver was not injured.