Cops Make Arrest in Taxi Robbery

A violent robbery involving a cab driver in Talmadge

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    Officers investigating the robbery of a cab driver announced the arrest of a potential suspect a few blocks away.

    San Diego police arrested a man accused of robbing a cab driver at gunpoint.

    The attack happened just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in Talmadge, near the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.

    Four men held up the driver at gunpoint according to police. One of the suspects had a knife and held it to the victim's throat police said.

    After the robbery, the suspects fled on foot and were seen getting into a tan Ford Taurus.

    The suspect vehicle was stopped by police a few blocks away and one suspect was taken into custody.

    No other arrests have been made. The cab driver sustained a minor cut.

    There have been a series of high-profile crimes involving taxis in San Diego in recent months.

    In September, cab driver Mir Sahou, 68, was shot and killed in La Jolla. A few months later, officers discovered the remains of the suspect, Ismael Lopez, 28 along the La Jolla coast.

    Cab driver Jalaludin Hamrah was found inside a taxi on Main Street in Lemon Grove on October 30. Several days later, a La Mesa teenager was arrested and accused of the crime.

    A few weeks after Hamrah's death, another cabbie reported being held at gunpoint in the Gaslamp Quarter.

    Then in January, San Diego police arrested a Chester Mahan, 50, for assaulting a taxi driver in a separate case. Mahan is accused of calling for the cab, punching the driver and then stealing the vehicle.

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