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Taxi Driver Nabs Thief

Posted August 4, 2007

— A Raleigh cabdriver turned his taxi into a temporary prison for a suspected thief who threatened him Friday afternoon.

Cabdriver Simon Nyaga said that he became suspicious of his passenger, Barrington Simon, 43, of 2924 Trassacks Drive. Simon said he wanted to run a few errands and go to the airport, Nyaga said.

Nyaga said he knew Simon was up to no good when a grocery store clerk checked Simon's receipt.

As they left the grocery store, Simon told Nyaga that he had a gun, but Nyaga dialed 911 on his cell phone, without Simon knowing.

Nyaga then locked the taxi doors and drove down East Martin Street, with his horn blowing and lights blinking, hoping to grab the police's attention.

Simon jumped out of the taxi when Nyaga slowed at Martin and Wilmington streets. Officers on horseback grabbed Simon when he stopped to pick up his groceries.

Raleigh police charged Simon with misdemeanor larceny.


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  • enoughsaid Aug 4, 2007

    Wow!!! WRAL really screwed up this story. It couldn't have been any further from the truth. Trust Me!! Go check to see what he was really charged with, or did you report on the story with out even investigating. To the officer that chased the suspect several blocks on foot through the downtown area. Good job Buddy!! to the cab driver.... I guess you got your 15 seconds of fame...even though that's not how it went down.

  • floyd_lawson Aug 4, 2007

    misdemeanor larceny??? should be felony armed robbery even if he was bluffing about a gun. just implying you're armed or going to hurt someone can cause things to turn ugly, especially if the victim has physical or mental issues.

  • cbhopper122859 Aug 4, 2007

    good job. now if the system will keep the scum off the streets.

  • At Work Aug 4, 2007

    wow that was very brave of the cab driver, it would have taken no time for him to get shot. I hope the taxi cab company relizes what a special employee they have.