2 woman charged with killing cabbie in robbery try

March 17, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Two East Baltimore women have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a cabdriver during a robbery attempt Wednesday night in Northeast Baltimore.

David W. Tidwell, 47, a driver for Overlea Cab Co., was shot at least once in the head with a .32-caliber handgun while in the 1100 block of Woodbourne Ave., police said. He was declared dead at the scene.

Arrested shortly after the shooting were Crystal Brown, 24, of the 2200 block of Mura St., and Lena Andrews, 24, of the 4100 block of Echodale Ave.

In addition to being charged with murder, both women were charged with attempted armed robbery and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Police believe that after Mr. Tidwell was shot, his right foot pressed down on the accelerator, causing the cab to race forward and strike a pickup truck.

The women were arrested a short distance from the crash, by police acting on a tip from several witnesses. Police said the handgun that they believe was used in the shooting was also recovered.

The women were being held for a bail hearing today.

Mr. Tidwell, who had operated a cab for Overlea Cab for about four months, had $200 in his pockets and detectives said he may have been killed before he could be robbed. He lived in the first block of Left Wing Drive near Middle River.

Employees at Baltimore Imports, the parent company of Overlea Cab, said yesterday that they have established a memorial fund for the slain cabbie. Vicky Layman, a bookkeeper at the company, said donations will be used to pay for Mr. Tidwell's funeral expenses.

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