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APD: Cab driver lured to Ship Creek area robbed and assaulted

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: March 23, 2018
  • Published March 23, 2018

A cab driver was pushed into the trunk of his vehicle, beaten and robbed Thursday evening, Anchorage police said.

The driver had been dispatched to help someone who said they were locked out of their vehicle. He drove to the Ulu Factory on Ship Creek Avenue below downtown Anchorage, according to a police dispatch.

A group of people flagged him down, police said. When the driver got out of the car and opened the trunk, two people pushed him inside and began punching him.

A man choked the driver, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at him. The suspect took the victim's cellphone, wallet and money. The suspects tried shutting the trunk with the driver inside, but his legs were in the way of the trunk latch.

"The victim crawled out as the suspects drove away," police said. The driver was injured and was evaluated by medics.

Police described one suspect as a man "in his early 20s and either black or Hispanic."

"The other suspect actively involved in the robbery was thought to be female because of her voice," police said.

There was a third person with the suspects, police said.

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