NBC10 Philadelphia -Ted Greenberg
Cab driver Ian Cox was arrested Tuesday after two of his passengers Jorge Contreras and James Collins say they were scared for their lives. Cox allegedly drove the passengers around recklessly with a gun in his lap threatening to kill them and himself. NBC10's Ted Greenberg reports.
Two 20-year-old men claim they were taken on a wild cab ride through Millville, N.J., held against their will and threatened by a suicidal cabbie, according to Millville Police.
Officers were dispatched to North 2nd Street and Espoma Road on July 31st, where they were met by Jorge Contreras and James Collins, both of Millville.
Contreras and Collins told investigators they were picked up along the 800 block of Archer Street at 11 p.m. by a Millville Yellow Cab driven by 34-year-old Ian Cox.
Cox appeared to be agitated and began making threats to harm himself and Contreras and Collins, said police.
Cox drove recklessly through several Millville intersections, sometimes at speeds of 70 mph and nearly caused several collisions with other motorists, according to investigators.
Cox then brandished a handgun and continued shouting at Contreras and Collins that he had nothing to live for and was going to kill them and himself, said police.
One of the passengers was able to climb into the front seat and after a struggle, gained control of the cab by hitting the brakes, said police.
Contreras and Collins managed to escape the cab and called 911. Investigators told NBC10 they later learned Cox nearly struck two pedestrians as he returned to the Millville Yellow Cab headquarters.
Cox was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, criminal restraint, weapons offenses and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Cox is in jail on $75,000 bond.