SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Taxi drivers are on edge after three local cabs were attacked within an approximate 24 hour period.
Authorities said a cabbie was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint just before midnight Thursday and another was robbed at gunpoint just after midnight Saturday.
The second victim, Adem Alamu, said he is considering his future as a cab driver after the armed robbery.
“He took out the gun, he said, ‘Just go, don’t stop,’” Alamu said.
Another cab driver was kicked in the face and robbed of about $55 at around 2:00 a.m. Saturday.
The string of violent attacks ends the relatively peaceful period of the past six months. Late last year, several cab drivers around Sacramento were attacked and injured, one fatally. Another driver was hurt in a racially-motivated beating in West Sacramento.
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether the recent armed robberies are connected, but say there is no immediate indication the incidents were hate crimes. The suspects in the two armed robberies were described in similar ways: A heavyset black male in his mid 20s, wearing a white shirt.
Authorities are warning cab drivers to avoid picking up any suspicious fares.