Arrest warrant issued in slaying of cab driver Robbery seen as motive for cab driver's murder.

June 03, 1991

A 27-year-old man has been charged in an arrest warrant with the fatal stabbing of a Diamond Cab driver during an apparent robbery, police said.

Tracey Higginbotham, of the 3000 block of W. Belvedere Ave., was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death Friday of Lyle Roberts Jr., 56, police said.

About 2:30 a.m., Roberts, of the 3600 block of Garrison Blvd., was found lying near his taxi in the 2900 block of W. Belvedere Ave., police said.

Roberts, whose son-in-law is former Baltimore Circuit Court Judge William H. Murphy Jr., had been stabbed in the neck, police said.

An 11-inch butcher knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was found on the hood of the taxi, police said.

Police believe a male passenger in the front seat attacked Roberts and fled with what the assailant thought was the cabbie's money bag. Instead, the bag contained religious articles.

Roberts managed to get out of the cab, pull the knife from his neck, drop it on the hood and yell for help before he died, police believe. Area residents called police.

FTC Witnesses told police they saw a man fleeing the scene with the bag.

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