Pair Charged In Robbery Of Taxi Driver

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Lester Lamonte Franklin
Lester Lamonte Franklin

Police arrested 21-year-old Lester Lamonte Franklin and a 17-year-old female accomplice in the robbery of a taxi driver.

Franklin has just now been taken into custody from the incident last July 30.

Franklin, of 1802 Rubio St., is charged with aggravated robbery.

Police were dispatched to N. Orchard Knob Avenue on a robbery call. Jimmie Taite said she was robbed by a black male and black female he had picked up off the curb.

He said after they got into the cab he felt a gun at his back. He grabbed the gun and struggled with Franklin over it. He said the female got money from the cab and also started hitting him with a cellphone.

The taxi driver said he eventually got control of the gun, and the black male ran off.

He said the female got into a white vehicle. The car was stopped and the 17-year-old was one of three females inside the vehicle belonging to Franklin.

Police found a stolen cellphone that had Franklin's picture and information on it.

The taxi driver picked Franklin out of a photo lineup. 



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