D.C. Cabdrivers Targeted in Robberies, Police Say

Incidents happened within a 24-hour period

Friday, Aug 31, 2012  |  Updated 11:32 AM EDT
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D.C. Cabdrivers Targeted in Robberies, Police Say

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Authorities are investigating a series of taxicab robberies in Northeast D.C. that happened within a 24-hour period, and say they may be related.

The first happened around 1:25 a.m. Wednesday as a cabdriver was dropping off a passenger at Third Street and Rhode Island Avenue. Authorities say the passenger robbed the driver of a phone and cash before fleeing toward Bryant Street.

At about 10:30 p.m., a cabdriver was robbed in the 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue. Police say the passenger took a phone and ear piece and fled north on the Metropolitan Bike Trail.

And at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, police say a passenger tried to rob a cabdriver at Third and Evarts streets. Authorities say the cabdriver continued driving and then slowed down, and the passenger got out without taking anything.

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