October 22nd, 2020

Two charged in armed robbery of taxi driver


By Kuhl, Nick on November 13, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

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.

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