Cousins Arrested in Beating, Robbery of Cabbie

The men, 18 and 24, are facing multiple charges in connection with the brutal attack.

By David Chang and Kelly Bayliss
|  Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:33 PM EDT
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An 18-year-old man and his 25-year-old cousin were arrested in connection with last Thursday's beating and robbery of a Philadelphia cab driver.

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An 18-year-old man and his 25-year-old cousin were arrested in connection with last Thursday's beating and robbery of a Philadelphia cab driver.

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2 Men Arrested in Alleged Cabbie Attack

Police arrested two men, 18 and 24, for last week's beating and robbery of a Philadelphia cab driver in Southwest Philly.

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Philadelphia police are questioning five people as they search for two suspects accused of beating and robbing a cab driver.
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Police have arrested two cousins in Valentine's Day beating and robbery of a Philadelphia cab driver.

Nahfeeh Williams, 18, and Dawand Williams, 25, Wednesday around 4 a.m., nearly a week after the attack that left the driver severely injured.

Last Thursday, around 11:16 p.m., police say the 53-year-old cab driver was parked at the 69th Street Terminal waiting for fares when he was approached by two men who asked to be taken to Island and Lindbergh Boulevard.

When the cab driver arrived on Lindbergh, police say the suspects told him to pull over two blocks away from Island. Once the driver pulled over, one suspect allegedly took a belt and wrapped it around his neck, choking him. The second suspect then allegedly went through his pockets and stole a wallet with $100, credit cards, debit cards and ID inside while threatening to shoot and kill him.

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The men then forced the cab driver into the trunk of his own cab and began to beat him until he gave them the security codes to his ATM cards, according to investigators. The suspects then allegedly locked him inside the trunk and drove around in his cab for about 20 minutes.

Police say the suspects finally stopped and told the cab driver to count to 100 before getting out of the trunk. After the full count, the cab driver got out and called dispatch for help, according to investigators. Police say the cab driver then drove to his base on the 6700 block of Upland Street and called police.

He was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently in fair condition. The cab company's owner is raising funds to help pay for the victim's medical expenses.

The suspects and three other men were picked up a day after receiving a tip that the suspects were hiding in an apartment on Copley Road in Upper Darby. During a search of the fourth floor home, police found the Penn State sweatshirt one of the suspects was seen wearing on surveillance video just minutes before the attack, according to police.

The three other men have been released. The cousins are facing multiple charges, including carjacking, robbery and aggravated assault in connection with the attack.

 


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