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Aug 17, 1999

Taxi driver wrestles gun away from robber

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A robber in Belize City chose the wrong taxi this morning when he approached the Pound Yard Taxi Stand. 66 year old Lionel Tillett told News Five that the man asked to go to Neal Pen Road, but when they got there the youth pulled a gun. Tillett says he was forced to “get down and strong him good”.

Lionel Tillett, Taxi Driver

“When we get a certain distance into Pen Road, he say right here so I stop. Well I had on the engine, and he put his hand in his pocket. Well I think it’s the money he going to pay, right. No more than when I look the man come out with the gun and he hold it on me and say, “Give me everything that you got!” I say, “I ain’t got nothing man.”

I had two five dollars from where I just do two jobs so I took it out and I gave him. And he saw the gold chain around my neck and he say, “I said I want everything!” So when he point the gun again, I grab and me and he start to tackle.

While tackling, one of the gun went off but it didn’t hit nothing in the car so probably it must have went through the window. So I tackle with him, tackle with him until I get away the gun from him. When he see people start to come out to see what’s wrong, cause I was shouting for help, and he see the people, he draw over on my seat, trying to get into my lap right. So all I did was to open my door and just slip out and he took my car and just went speeding towards the Boulevard.”

About an hour and a half later a suspect was picked up by police around 10 a.m. on Regent Street. The taxi was found in the Brodies Parking Lot. Tillett says he will be pressing charges.

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