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RNC investigating armed taxi robberies in St. John’s

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating a pair of armed taxi robberies that occured in St. John's early Tuesday morning. - Contributed

Cab driver assaulted in one incident, tax stolen and crashed in the other

Two St. John’s taxi drivers were robbed within an hour of one another in St. John’s early this morning.

In the first incident, a fare picked up in the Cornwall Heights area entered the taxi carrying a firearm and demanded money from the driver. The male suspect, wearing a dark coloured hooded sweatshirt, did not obtain any money, but assaulted the driver before exiting the vehicle.

The cabbie was sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Roughly 30 minutes later, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were called to a second armed robbery not too far away on Amherst Place.

When the male passenger, also described as wearing a dark coloured hooded sweater, boarded the taxi with a firearm, the driver fled. The suspect then stole the vehicle, crashed it nearby and fled on foot with a second male. 

Anyone with any information on either of these armed robbery investigations is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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