The Montgomery County police have asked the public's help in identifying a man who robbed three taxicab drivers in suburban Maryland and, in the most recent incident, stole the taxi itself. The cab was sighted recently in Laurel and Columbia, police said yesterday.
In all three robberies, the man hailed a cab at one of three suburban Washington Metro stations and asked to be driven to a relatively unpopulated location in Maryland, according to police. In the first two robberies, Oct. 4 and 16, the man pulled out a handgun, demanded and received money, and fled.
After a similar armed robbery Oct. 30, the cab driver opened the door of his taxi and ran.
The robber then drove off with the 1989 blue Chevrolet Caprice, Barwood Cab No. 241. It was seen recently on Route 216 near Laurel and on Snowden River Parkway and Oakland Mills Road in Columbia.
The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall with short black hair. Police want anyone with information to call the Bethesda Investigative Section at (301) 565-5830.