Friday, June 29, 2007

Taxi driver attacked in apartment building

From the Kingston Whig-Standard website

Friday, June 29, 2007

Local news
- Two teenage girls face criminal charges after a taxi driver was attacked in a north-end apartment building.

Kingston Police said a Modern Taxi driver was dispatched around 12:30 p.m., Wednesday to an apartment building at Cherry and Pine streets where two teenage girls asked him to take them downtown.

When the pair realized they had no money, they asked to be taken back to the apartment building so they could borrow some.

One of the girls went inside and moments later the other followed without paying the $13 cab fare, a news release from police said.

The driver ran after the girls and found them in a hallway and called his dispatcher. As he did this, the release said, the girls kicked and screamed at the cabby and began to fight with him.

One of them tried to bite his arm while the other kicked and scratched him with her finger nails, the release said.

Police soon arrived and arrested both girls, who continued to verbally abuse the officers.

Two 16-year-olds, both from Kingston, have been charged with transportation fraud and assault. One of the girls also faces a breach of probation charge.

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