Suspect in Assault on Taxi Cab Driver Apprehended

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Long Beach Crime

On February 24, 2014, felony charges were filed against a 21-year-old Long Beach man after he shot at a taxi cab driver over a disagreement.

On February 3, 2014, a taxi cab driver picked up a single passenger in the 1100 block of East 21st Street. While enroute to the customer’s destination, the cab driver and the passenger began arguing over the amount of the fare. When the argument became heated, the cab driver pulled over in the 2300 block of Locust Avenue. As the passenger exited the taxi, he withdrew a firearm and discharged one round towards the cab driver before fleeing the area. The taxi cab driver was grazed by the bullet, treated at the scene for his injury, and released.

The Robbery detail began their investigation to identify the suspect, and on Thursday, February 20, 2014, they were able to locate and arrest 21-year-old Enrique Cervantes of Long Beach. Shortly after his arrest, detectives from the Robbery Detail and the Career Criminal Apprehension Team served a search warrant at Cervantes’ residence where they recovered evidence believed to be related to the shooting.

The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the following charges were filed against Cervantes: one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of attempted armed robbery, in addition to weapons related enhancements.

If anyone has additional information which could assist detectives in the investigation, they are encouraged to call Long Beach Police Robbery Detective F. Gonzalez at (562) 570-7068. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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