By Kuhl, Nick on November 13, 2019.
Lethbridge Police have charged two women in connection with an incident where a taxi driver was allegedly robbed at knifepoint and his cab subsequently stolen on the northside Monday.
On Monday at approximately 7:40 a.m., a police officer was flagged down by an injured man in the Tim Hortons parking lot along Mildred Dobbs Boulevard North, police said in a release Tuesday. The 68-year-old man reported to police that he had been robbed by two women and his taxi cab was stolen.
Investigation determined the man had been dispatched to pick up a customer at 7-Eleven on 13 Street North. When he arrived, two women got into the cab.
During the drive, the woman in the front seat produced a knife, said the woman in the back was armed with a gun, and threatened to harm the driver, police say. The driver stopped the vehicle and a brief physical altercation ensued before he was able to escape, police say.
The women subsequently stole the cab and driver’s belongings – cash, a tablet and cellphone, police say. The driver was treated by EMS for non-life-threatening injuries.
The taxi was located unoccupied in a northside alley. Police noted two sets of footprints leading away from the cab and followed them to a residence along the 2000 block of 13 Avenue North.
One of the suspects was identified and arrested without incident after returning to the home a short time later. The second suspect was located and arrested without incident at a cordon point that had been set up along 5 Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive North.
The tablet, cellphone and knife were recovered by police.
Kimberlie Rose Eagle Speaker, 31, of Lethbridge, is charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, theft of a vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapon and breach of a recognizance. She was released by a Justice of the Peace and is scheduled to appear in court today.
Jessica Mae Eagle Speaker, 38, of Lethbridge, is charged with robbery, uttering threats, theft of a vehicle and possession of a dangerous weapon. She was released by a Justice of the Peace and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.