Miami-Dade County

In a Miami twist, a taxi driver beats and robs his passenger of $800


Miami-Dade police are searching for a taxi driver who allegedly mugged a tourist.

It occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after Anthony Will, a tourist from Denver, left a club near downtown Miami.

Police say Will flagged down a Yellow Taxi Cab and knew only his apartment complex destination was near Zoo Miami. He asked the driver to head for the Zoo Miami area. As they got close, Will saw the apartment complex he wanted and asked the driver to drop him off across the street.

Will got out and prepared to pay the $70 fare. He told police that while he got his cash together, the driver got angry for some reason, jumped out and attacked him.

Will said he ran toward the apartment complex, yelling for help. The driver caught up and tackled Will, according to police. He said the driver beat him up, put him in a chokehold and stole $800 from him.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue treated abrasions on Will’s face. The driver was described as a 35- to 40-year-old man, 5-11 and about 160 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 305-471-8477 or texting 274637.

Fourth-year neurology resident, Anjali Ramkissoon, is on administrative leave after hitting and screaming profanities at an Uber driver in the Brickell area.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal