CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Taxi driver escapes armed robbery

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Taxi Cab Robbery Attempt Caught on Video

Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Major Crimes Unit obtained multiple convictions against a man who pulled a gun on a taxi driver. Jaquel Aaron Brown, 20, pled guilty to Attempted Aggravated Robbery, two counts of Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, and two counts of Aggravated Assault. Under the terms of the agreement, Brown received an eighteen-year sentence in prison. In a hearing before Judge Scott Green, Assistant District Attorneys Hector Sanchez and Christy Smith explained that on October 29, 2017, Brown requested that a taxi pick him up in west Knoxville and take him to an address on Cansler Avenue. The taxi driver took Brown to the desired location. When Brown got out of the taxi to pay for the ride, he pulled a handgun on the taxi driver and demanded cash. As Brown went around the back of the taxi to approach the driver’s side, the taxi driver sped away with Brown firing two shots at the cab. The entire encounter was captured on the taxi’s video camera. Brown also pled guilty to two home invasions, including one where Brown beat the homeowner with a brass candlestick holder. “This dangerous offender is now exactly where he needs to be,” said DA Charme Allen. “Because of the hard work of everyone involved in this case, the defendant will not be able to harm another member of our community for a long time.”

Posted by Charme Allen, District Attorney General - Knoxville, TN on Friday, September 13, 2019

Tennessee, USA — A video of a Knoxville man surfaced online after he was caught trying to rob a taxicab driver.

According to authorities, 20-year-old Jaquel Brown allegedly called a taxi to come pick him up. The trip to his destination seemed casual until the suspect got out of the cab and pulled a gun on the taxi driver.

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At this point, Mr. Brown demanded cash from the driver. He also ordered him to unlock the cab’s doors – to which the driver complied.

Mr. Brown then opened the door, still pointing the gun at the driver. The suspect asks the driver for cash, but the driver reasons out that he only takes credit cards.

This is when Mr. Brown threatens him by saying: “Do you see that bullet in there?”

“I don’t. Don’t shoot me,” the victim begs.

“Give me your money,” the suspect demanded.

The driver attempted to open the door on his side, but Brown instructs him to stay in the car.

As soon as the robber walked around the other side of the car, the driver saw it as his chance to escape.

Gunshots were heard as the victim sped away from the suspect.

Jaquel Brown pleaded guilty in an attempted armed robbery of a taxi driver and two home invasions. (Source: WVLT)

Mr. Brown was immediately arrested and charged with attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault. He also pleaded guilty to two home invasions, including one in which he beat a homeowner with a brass candlestick holder.

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