Long Beach taxi driver attempted robbery caught on camera; female suspect sought


In the early morning hours of Sept. 26, the Yellow Cab taxi driver picked up the female suspect in the area of 7th Street and Termino Avenue and drove her to 14th Street and Newport Avenue.

Long Beach police say before she got out of the cab, the suspect reached through the glass divider, threatened the driver with a box cutter and demanded money. During a struggle, police say, the suspect pulled out a hammer and tried to hit the driver in the face.

The driver accelerated his taxi before colliding with a parked car. The woman got out of the cab and fled before getting any money.

The driver was treated at the scene for a cut he sustained to his hand during the struggle.

The suspect is described as a black female, 20-25 years old, wearing a knit hat and a light-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detective Fermin Gonzalez at (562) 570-7464. People wishing to remain anonymous were encouraged to dial 1-800-222-TIPS.

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