February 22, 2016
Philadelphia police are seeking help from the public to identify three people wanted in connection with the attempted armed robbery of a cab driver in Grays Ferry in early February.
The cabbie was shot in the shoulder, said police, who gave the following account:
At about 3:15 a.m. on February 6, three individuals – described as two black men and a black female – were seen on surveillance video leaving the subway at Tasker and Morris streets in South Philadelphia.
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They waved down a cab, driven by a 38-year-old male, and asked to be taken to 28th and Tasker streets, police said.
One of the men – described as about 20 years old with a medium build and wearing a gray coat with a red shirt underneath, blue jeans, black and white sneakers, and carrying a backpack – sat in the front passenger seat. The other two sat in the back: a man described as about 20 years old, about 5-foot-4 with a thin build and wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and carrying a backpack and a woman about 20 years old, about 5-foot-1, with a stocky build and long, wavy hair, wearing a gray coat, dark colored pants, dark colored shoes, and carrying a tote bag, law enforcement officials said.
When the three arrived at their destination, police said the men pulled handguns on the driver. The man in the backseat pointed a gun through the partition while the man in the passenger seat told the driver to "give me all the money you got."
As the driver continued to drive, police said, both men fired their weapons, striking him in the right shoulder and causing him to crash at 24th and Morris Streets, where the two gunmen and the woman fled into the night empty-handed.
The taxi driver was transported to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and listed in stable condition, law enforcement officials said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Philadelphia police at (215) 686-8477 or text a tip to 773847.
Also, tips can be sent anonymously to police here.