‘Please don’t kill me’: Man holds Florida taxi driver at gunpoint, deputies say

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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Broward County law enforcement is trying to identify a man they believe was holding a taxi driver at gunpoint after he refused to pay the fare early on the morning of July 4.

Video from inside the cab released by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office showed the incident. Deputies call the suspect “James”.

According to BCSO, James got in the car around 1:32 a.m. in North Lauderdale. The driver explains that full payment of the fare was required before starting to drive. Deputies said the suspect became “angry” and demanded another taxi.

The video shows the driver calling another taxi and asking James to wait outside while he arrives. He refused to leave the car and told the driver to return to the pick up location. Moments later, the driver can be seen raising his hands and begging for his life.

“Please don’t kill me,” the drivers repeated over and over.

Deputies said the driver hit a parked car before returning to the pick-up location, where the passenger got out of the car without paying. He can be heard saying that the passenger shot him several times with a gun.

After the driver dropped James off, he left.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Lacey Fitzpatrick at 954-321-4328 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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