A 21-year-old man was arrested by Seattle police early this morning after officers say he was part of a group that pistol-whipped and robbed a cab driver near Yesler Terrace.
Police are searching for additional suspects in the attack, said department spokesman Mark Jamieson. The man arrested was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery and drug possession.
The cab driver told police that around 3 a.m. he was flagged down by a potential fare. As the two men were talking inside the cab, two other men jumped into the vehicle and pulled out guns. The men demanded the driver’s money.
The driver told police that he was then pistol-whipped in the head, but somehow managed to get out of the taxi and run. The suspects stole the driver’s cellphone and a GPS unit inside the cab, police said. The three men then got out of the cab and into two cars waiting for them.
The driver dialed 911 and explained what happened. Police stopped a Chevrolet Caprice, with five men inside, nearby. The cab driver was able to identify one of the men as a suspect, police said. Officers searched the vehicle and found two handguns and the stolen GPS unit from the taxi. One of the handguns had been reported stolen, police said.
Police questioned all of the men inside the sedan but only the man the cab driver identified was arrested. Jamieson said that when the man was arrested, he tried to get rid of a baggie of what appeared to be methamphetamine.