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Merrimack Valley

December 4, 2012

Cabbie robbed at gunpoint, slapped in face

Police logs

LAWRENCE - A 49-year-old cab driver was robbed a gunpoint early Monday morning after picking up two men at 99 Park St.

The cabbie said both men smelled of alcohol and he assumed they were coming from a bar or party, according to a police report by Sgt. John Nicoletti.

They asked the taxi driver to take them to a variety of locations. Finally, when the cab driver turned onto Mechanic Street, a hard object was pressed into the back of his head and one of the men threatened, "Give me the money. Give the money," Nicoletti wrote.

The cabbie turned to look at the robber and saw a black handgun pointed at his face. The taxi driver also said he was slapped in the face before he turned over cash to the robbers. Both men then ran from the cab, into a yard behind a house, police said.

The gunman was wearing a dark New York Yankees ballcap, dark hooded sweatshirt and a diamond earring. He had a chin strap type beard with a small goatee.

The other robber appeared to be no older than 20 and spoke Spanish with a Puerto Rican accent, according to the report.

The following items appeared in police logs for Monday:

ANDOVER

Accident: One car into tree with personal injury and tow, Abbott Street, 4:39 a.m.

Arrest: Jegsy Sanchez, 23, of 7 Wyman St. in Lawrence, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense, River Road, 8:51 a.m.

Vandalism: Motor vehicle, Railroad Street, 3:03 p.m.

Arrest: Daniel Desruisseau, 25, of 25 Inwood Lane in Andover, assault and battery on a household member, two counts, Inwood Lane, 5:12 p.m.

LAWRENCE

Car break: 2004 Chevy Aveo sedan broken into, book bag and school books stolen, Broadway and Valley streets, theft occurred on Nov. 28 but break reported to police at 11:16 p.m.

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