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Teen tries to ‘skip paying the cab fee’ with gun, police say

VIDEO: Teen pulls gun on cabbie to skip fare

A Wichita teen pulled a handgun on a taxicab driver Friday afternoon in the 2200 block of North Estelle. Police say he was trying to skip paying the fare. Video by Amy Renee Leiker/The Wichita Eagle.
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A Wichita teen pulled a handgun on a taxicab driver Friday afternoon in the 2200 block of North Estelle. Police say he was trying to skip paying the fare. Video by Amy Renee Leiker/The Wichita Eagle.

A teen trying to avoid paying cab fare pulled a gun on the driver and bolted Friday afternoon, Wichita police Sgt. Roger Runft said Saturday.

The 42-year-old woman driving the taxicab picked the boy and a teen girl up in west Wichita then drove them to the 2200 block of North Estelle shortly before 5 p.m. When the teens arrived at their destination, the boy drew a handgun, pointed it at the cab driver “and told them to open the door and they would not get hurt,” Runft said.

The boy jumped out of the car and ran away, but officers found him at his home a few blocks away after talking to the teen girl. He was arrested, interviewed and jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault, Runft said.

Runft said it appears the boy was “trying to skip paying the cab fee.”

“He committed a felony while trying to avoid a misdemeanor charge,” Runft said.

No one was hurt. The teens were 16 and 17.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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