Cab Driver Assaulted After Refusing to Take Torn Bill

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DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines cab driver was assaulted by two men Friday night after refusing to take a torn $20 bill, according to a police report.

The Des Moines Register reports the victim picked up two men at Third Street and Court Avenue. One of the men asked to be dropped off in the 800 block of Edison Avenue, while the other asked to be dropped off at a location the victim could not remember.

When the victim and the two suspects arrived at Edison, the two suspects attempted to pay with a torn $20 bill. According to the police report, the victim did not accept the torn bill.

The victim told the police that one of the men became angry, saying it was enough, and demanded change. The first man then exited the cab and attempted to take the money from the driver’s seat.

The victim told police he tried to get the first man out of the driver’s seat when they began to struggle. The second man then got out of the cab and struck the victim in the back of the head.

The victim fell to the ground where the two suspects continued to assault him.

Suspects fled on foot before the police arrived.

According to the police report, the two suspects did take $15 in cab fares.

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