published Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Dalton police investigating armed robbery of taxi driver

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Police in Dalton, Ga., are asking the public’s help to identify suspects in the Aug. 14 robbery of a taxi driver.

Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said the driver reported that he picked up three young Hispanic men around Fourth Avenue and Redwine Street who asked to be taken to Park Place Apartments.

When the cab stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Straight and Frederick streets, one of the men held a knife to the driver’s throat and ordered the driver in Spanish to hand over his money, Frazier reported. The driver gave up about $140 and the three men got out of the taxi and ran away.

The driver reported that the suspects were all about 18 years old with crew-cut hair, according to Frazier. Two of the men were about 5 feet 5 inches, while the third was about 5 feet 10 inches and skinny. The driver thought two of the men had Mexican accents and a third had a Puerto Rican accent, Frazier said.

The driver told police he said one of the suspects about 4 a.m., walking with a man riding a bicycle near Fifth Avenue and Lake Street. The bike rider, who is not considered a suspect, left the suspect and entered the Mapco convenience store on Walnut Avenue and Riverbend Street.

Anyone with information on the two robbery suspects or the biking man is asked to call Detective John Helton at 706-278-9085, ext. 143.

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