6-foot-7-inch cab driver robbed, locked in trunk Police study link with Sunday incident.

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

A Baltimore taxi driver was robbed early today by two men who forced him into the trunk of his cab while the attackers drove around Baltimore and possibly robbed two drug dealers, city police said.

Police said they are looking at the possibility that today's robbery may be related to the abduction Sunday of an unlicensed cabbie, who was not injured.

The victim in today's incident, Jeffrey Brink, 30, was released about 7:20 a.m. from the cab's trunk by a passer-by in the 1400 block of Ten Pin Alley, a half-block north of East Baltimore Street.

Mr. Brink, a driver for Diamond Cab Co., was not injured.

Mr. Brink, who weighs 275 pounds and is 6 feet 7 inches tall, told police he picked up two fares about 5:30 a.m. at Eager Street and Broadway.

The victim said that when the men reached their destination -- the Flag House Courts high-rise at 127 S. Exeter St. -- one of the men 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 and 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 Ten Pin Alley. A man heard Mr. Brink shouting and banging on the trunk with a lug wrench and released him.

In Sunday's incident, two men abducted Calvin Vaughn, 40, at gunpoint in West Baltimore and robbed him of $85 and his 1987 Buick.

Police said they drove around several hours before releasing him

in the 700 block of E. 33rd St.

On Feb. 18, another Diamond cab driver was robbed and locked in the trunk of his taxi in the 5500 block of Falls Road. David Lee Clack, 30, of Baltimore, was freed from the trunk of his cab after being robbed of several hundred dollars, police said.

Mr. Clack was abducted by a man with a chrome-plated revolver.

A day earlier, city police reported that Deborah Tanya Smith, 33, was locked in the trunk of her 1989 Nissan and found in the 3700 block ofPark Heights Ave.

She was robbed of approximately $400, police said, before being forced into the trunk by one of two assailants who was armed with a handgun.

Police called the robberies of Mr. Clack and Ms. Smith copy-cat crimes following three abductions that took place between Feb. 7 and 14. Dontay Carter, 18, has been charged in connection with the three abductions, which left one man dead and another injured in East Baltimore.

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