Cabbie robbed, stuffed in trunk, and driven from Antioch to Oakland before being let go
Via Robert Salonga | Contra Costa Times |April 27th, 2012
An East Contra Costa cabdriver was unharmed after three fare takers robbed him at gunpoint, commandeered his car, forced him into the trunk and drove to the Oakland hills before letting him go, police said.
According to Antioch police, a Yellow Cab driver picked up three men from the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station about 11 p.m. Thursday and was told to drive to an apartment complex on Delta Fair Boulevard in Antioch. When they got there, they brandished a gun and robbed the 45-year-old driver of money, jewelry and a cellphone, then ordered him into the cab’s trunk.
The robbers drove more than 30 miles to the Oakland hills, where they released the driver just after midnight at Skyline Boulevard and Joaquin Miller Road. The victim, who was not injured, flagged down passers-by for help, and Oakland police contacted Antioch police, who took over the investigation.
The stolen yellow Lincoln Town Car was found by Oakland police at 8:50 a.m. Friday, after getting a tip that it was parked at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of 83rd Avenue, police said.
Antioch investigators were expected to take custody of the vehicle, said Capt. Leonard Orman.
All three robbers were described as in their early to mid-20s. The gunman was further described as a being between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, between 145 to 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lining. One accomplice was described as being between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, about 180 pounds, wearing a black shirt and black jeans. The third robber was wearing a gray hoodie and black jeans.
The trio should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the crime can contact acting Sgt. Santiago Castillo at 925-779-6933.