6-foot-7-inch cab driver robbed, locked in trunk

April 24, 1992|By Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott | Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott,Staff Writers

A 275-pound, 6-foot-7-inch taxi driver was robbed early today by two men who forced him into the trunk of his cab while the robbers drove around Baltimore and possibly robbed two drug dealers, city police said.

Jeffrey Brink, 30, a driver for Diamond Cab Co., was released from the cab's trunk by a passerby about 7:20 a.m. in the 1400 block of Tenpin Alley, a half block north of Baltimore Street. He was uninjured.

Mr. Brink told police he picked up two fares about 5:30 a.m. at Eager Street and Broadway.

The victim said when the men reached their destination -- The Flag House Courts high-rise at 127 S. Exeter St. -- one of the man produced a semiautomatic handgun and pointed the weapon at his head.

Mr. Brink said he surrendered an undetermined amount of money and his watch to the men, who forced him into the cab's trunk.

According to Mr. Brink, the two drove around Baltimore in the taxi and apparently robbed two drug dealers.

Police said Mr. Brink told them he could hear portions of conversations indicating the men twice pulled up to drug dealers and robbed them at gunpoint.

The cab was left in Tenpin Alley. An man heard Mr. Brink shouting and banging on the interior of the trunk with a lug wrench and released him.

Police said they are looking at the possibility that today's robbery may be related to an incident Sunday involving the abduction of an unlicensed cabbie.

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