“Young People” brutally beat and carjack 81 year old cab driver
An 81-year-old unlicensed taxi driver suffered multiple broken bones in his face after being beaten by a group of young people who refused to pay and then stole his vehicle, leading to a police chase that ended with a crash, according to court records.
The Jan. 31 incident is outlined in charges against 18-year-old Nataysha Blevins, who was recently indicted on 14 criminal counts including carjacking, robbery and assault. She is being held on $650,000 bond and is scheduled for a March 25 arraignment.
A witness saw the victim thrown out of his Ford passenger van in the 200 block of Robert St. in Reservoir Hill, and he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of injuries including a broken jaw, sinus fracture, left orbital fracture, and bleeding on the brain, according to court records.
Hours later, officers operating an unmarked vehicle spotted the van traveling in the 1300 block of Argyle Ave., and began following it, police said. Near Druid Hill Avenue at Martin Luther King Boulevard, marked police units attempted to conduct a car stop, and the driver fled east on Centre St. and onto E. Monument Street.
The van drove a mile in the wrong direction along East Madison Street, until the occupants jumped out while the vehicle was still moving, police said. It eventually crashed into a city work truck and came to a rest after hitting a tree in the 2100 block of E. Madison St., according to police.