SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento cab driver who was beaten, robbed and had his cab stolen overnight is pleading with the community to help find the suspects and to stop these kind of attacks.

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Mohammad Akhtar says he attacked at 4:15 this morning in the Meadowview area by an armed man.

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Akhtar had picked up three women and the man at a home on First Avenue and took them to Loma Verde Way where he dropped off the women. A little while later, the man punched Akhtar and then robbed him at gunpoint taking money, a cell phone and his taxi van.

The stolen taxi van is a 2004 Chevrolet Venture with a red roof and taxi cab yellow body with California license plate #8Y52925.

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Akhtar and some fellow cab drivers spoke at an informal press conference asking for the public to respect cab drivers.