Cab driver shot in East Mt. Airy early Tuesday while on duty [updated]


A 53-year-old cab driver is in serious but stable condition after being shot in his arm by a passenger last night in Mt. Airy.


Police say the driver, whose name has not been confirmed yet, picked up two males at Armat Street asking to go to East Hortter Street. Upon arrival at the destination, one of the passengers pulled out a handgun and demanded money while the other passenger went through the driver’s pockets.

A PPD spokesperson said that the passengers were unsuccessful in getting money from the complainant who drove himself to Germantown Hospital. He was later transported to Einstein Medical Center by police.

The first offender is described as a 30-year-old black male who is about 5-feet-7 inches weighing about 200 pounds. He is dark-skinned and was wearing a blue shirt during the time of the incident.

The other offender is described as a 30-year-old black male who is also about 5-feet-7 inches weighing approximately 200 pounds. He described as being medium complexion with a blonde strip in his hair. During the incident, he was wearing a white t-shirt and tan camouflage shorts.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which manages the city’s taxis, would not comment because it is an active investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the tips line at (215) 686-8477 (TIPS) or text a tip to 773847 (PPDTIP)


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