Cab driver attacked in Golf Manor

Golf Manor, OH - By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

GOLF MANOR, OH (FOX19) - Golf Manor police are asking for help identifying three men who beat a cab driver Thursday night.

Babacar Sow told Fox19 he was just about to head home before he picked up one of the suspects. He decided to stop at the Shell Station off Seymour Avenue around 7pm on Thursday night. Sow said he needed to get some gas and buy some ice to take home to his wife.

Just before he was about to drive off, surveillance video from the gas station showed a teenager, possibly as young as 15 years old, asking Sow for a ride. Sow said he didn't think twice about taking the suspect to his destination.

"I'm working; I'm looking for money," Sow said. "I don't worry about this. Now, I'm worried about it."

Sow said he's now worried to pick up customers.

That's because Golf Manor police believe two other men worked with that teenager to set up Sow so they could rob him.

Cameras were also rolling inside the gas station's convenience store when the two older suspects, both black males in their 20s, wearing white t-shirts and dark jean shorts, walked into the gas station. Minutes later, the teenager sat inside Sow's cab. Cameras then captured one of the other suspects walk past the cab, motion to someone, and then hop into a black Chevy Tahoe, early 2000-model, and drive away.

Sow said the suspect asked to be taken to Chuck Harmon and Mayflower Avenue in Golf Manor. Sow said when he pulled up to the intersection, the black Chevy Tahoe was waiting on the side of the street. The teenager then got out of the cab and told Sow he had to get change from the driver of the SUV.

Police said one of the suspects then jumped out of the SUV and ran to the cab driver's window.

"A second suspect came up and pointed a gun. A wrestle or a tussle took place," said Golf Manor Police Chief Eddie Taylor. "It supposedly discharged. Not hitting anyone. At that point in time, {Sow} was supposedly beaten in the face with a gun and robbed."

Police said someone then called 911 after the gunshot rang out.

"In the process of 30 seconds, I guarantee both of the officers were right here," said Chief Taylor.

It was just long enough for the suspects to drive away. And it was just long enough to shake a 50-year-old man's trust in his fellow man.

"I come from long way," said Sow. "From Senegal to come here. I'm 50 years old. I'm just working. Trying to take care of myself. Take care of my family. My wife is from here."

Off camera, witnesses told FOX19 the suspects go to the Shell station often, and are probably from the area.

If you know anything about the crime, call Crimestoppers: 513-352-3040. You can remain anonymous.

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