Video Shows Woman Trying To Rob Taxi Driver With Box Cutter, Hammer

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Long Beach police Tuesday were asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who allegedly tried to rob a taxi driver.

Police responded to a robbery call around 3:15 a.m. on Sept. 26 at Anaheim Street and Redondo Avenue.

The driver reportedly picked up the suspect near 7th Street and Termino Avenue and drove her to 14th Street and Newport Avenue, where she reached through the glass divider, threatened the driver with a box cutter and demanded money, police said.

The suspect then allegedly attempted to strike the driver in the face with a hammer. He accelerated the taxi and hit a parked car.

The women got out of the vehicle and fled the scene, according to authorities.

The driver was treated at the scene for a cut he sustained during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black woman between 20 and 25 years old. She was last seen wearing a brown knit hat and light-colored hoodie sweatshirt.

The taxi was equipped with interior audio and video, which detectives released in attempt to identify the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was asked to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Det. Fermin Gonzalez at (562)570-7464. Anonymous tips can be submitted at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or visiting http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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