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Taxi driver attacked by several men outside Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter

Victim allegedly punched and robbed of money by fare passenger, then has front teeth knocked out during attack by several males after he exited his vehicle to retrieve his money from the suspect.

A taxi cab driver was assaulted by several men and robbed this week after dropping off a passenger near the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter just south of Midtown.

According to the narrative reported by the Atlanta police officer on the scene, the driver suffered lost front teeth and other facial injuries during the incident in which he was robbed by a single passenger, and later “attacked by several males that were at the location” after exiting his taxi.

According to the officer’s narrative, the incident occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in front of the shelter. After picking up his male passenger at 232 Forsyth Street, the driver was asked to drive to a motel located at 140 Pine Street.

During the ride, the passenger asked the driver if he could use the driver’s identification to check him into the motel because he had lost his. Shortly after the driver refused this request, the perpetrator jump from the back seat of the mini van taxi to the front passenger seat, and then asked the driver to stop in front of the shelter that sits on Pine Street between Peachtree and Courtland streets.

As the victim stopped the vehicle, the perpetrator reportedly punched him in the face, grabbed money that was sitting in the cupholder, and exited the vehicle. The driver also exited the vehicle, but as he approached the perpetrator to get his money back, “he was attacked by several males that were at the location” according to the officer’s narrative.

During the attack, the victim’s front teeth were knocked out and he received other facial injuries. The taxi driver stated the perpetrator along with the other attackers fled east on Pine toward Courtland.

The assailant from the cab ride is described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-10 in height, having a wig or hair weave (giving an appearance of having longer hair), and wearing a black coat and black shorts. No descriptions were provided of the other men involved in the attack.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Atlanta Police Department at 404-577-8477.

The incident occurred two days after the City of Atlanta scored a major legal win over the Metropolitan Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless that could lead to the 2013 closing of the Task Force-operated Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter where police have said a certain amount of criminal activity that occurs in Midtown originates from those staying at and around the shelter.

Marc Acampora January 22, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Amber Bandicoot - why do you concede that I may be racist? You, and the other commenters don't even know me. What leads to the conclusion that I believe "that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race." (Merriam-Webster definition of racism) The obsession over race by many of the commenters here might suggest that they have some race-related issues or insecurities.
Ikeahacker January 22, 2013 at 01:46 PM
@amber bandicoot Marc no longer needs to say that it is a young blackhood rat male sbecause we already know it will be. The city does , other black people do and the judges do also so just let it rest and move on. Who cares what they look like? We need to focus on writing a city officials the judges and voting in new leadership on the City Council. I know Marc hopes that his insight will bring some with changes and all black men will be sent to some island off the coast of Tahiti but it's not going to happen. Hard work is required to change the situation not flippant obvious comments about he committs the crimes. I will repeat. write the City Council , write the mayor , write the AJC, organize other neighborhoods....blah blah blah. Everyone is a victim of crime regardless of race. We are all Americans and victims.
Amber Bandicoot January 23, 2013 at 04:35 AM
You may indeed be a racist, or not. Who cares? When I (also) read of over-the-top violent crime, I also expect the perpetrators to be the 12% minority that authors a disproportionate amount of violent crime, with the violence often or almost being an end in itself-- 85yo woman raped and beaten? Hell yes: black guy, white woman, almost every time. Try to imagine a white guy beating and raping an old black woman. You called it, bro', and you were right. As I'm fond of saying, "I'm not racist, I'm prejudiced". Three of the last 4 stranded motorists I stopped to help/check on were black, but if I hear of an armed robbery, I'll bet the perp(s) is/are black.
James January 26, 2013 at 07:43 AM
You didn't NEED to make the claims because clearly the central point of your comment is skin color. And for you to pretend your focus on skin color doesn't affect the way you view all black men is fantasy. In fact if you or I had grown up in the same circumstances as these people we would likely be criminals as well. This is a societal problem but of course the simple-mined will only grasp onto the obvious.
James January 26, 2013 at 07:47 AM
INcorrect. There are obviously issues within the AMERICAN community that have festered for decades that need to be addressed.

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