Man and woman are charged in slaying of Baltimore cabdriver

October 10, 1991|By Roger Twigg .

A man and woman were charged yesterday with Tuesday night's shooting death of a Sun Cab driver in Northeast Baltimore, according to the police.

James Robinson, 22, of the 2000 block of East Hoffman Street and Laverne Paulette Jackson, 22, of the 800 block of North Bradford Avenue were charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and a felony handgun violation, said Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman.

Agent Jenkins said that Mr. Robinson was being held last night at the Eastern District lockup without bond and that Ms. Jackson was detained at the Women's Detention Center awaiting a bail hearing.

The two are accused of killing Frederick Griffin, a 44-year-old Sun Cab driver, during a robbery just after 8 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 5000 block of Denview Way, the spokeswoman said.

Mr. Griffin was shot three times in the back and once in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police that after the shooting the cab drifted into a parked car and two people jumped out and fled toward a bus stop.

Uniformed officers stopped an MTA bus minutes later in the 4000 block of Sinclair Lane and took the two suspects into custody, the police said. They said a .38-caliber handgun believed to be the murder weapon was found on the floor of the bus.

Agent Jenkins said Mr. Griffin was found lying on the front seat of the cab with his pockets turned inside out and a small amount of cash strewn about. Family members said the victim had worked for the cab company since 1983.

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