Woman robs cab driver, 86, in Annapolis

September 25, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A female passenger robbed an 86-year-old Annapolis cab driver of $40 Tuesday in Truxtun Park in Annapolis after beating him on the head with his own hammer handle, police reported.

Howard Diggs, a driver for Reliable Cab who lives in Annapolis, told city police the woman asked to be taken to the park when he picked her up at a shopping center off Forest Drive shortly before 1 p.m.

When they arrived, the woman demanded money, but Diggs refused to give her any, police said. In an ensuing struggle, the woman grabbed the headless hammer handle from Diggs and hit him on the head, then grabbed money from his fanny pack and fled, police said.

A passer-by walking her dogs told police she saw the woman running from the cab, noticed Diggs bleeding from his head and asked another man in the park to get help.

The cabbie was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released yesterday.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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