Cab driver robbed at gunpoint in Myrtle Beach, report states

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A taxi cab driver reported to police that he was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening near 38th Avenue north and Highway 17.

A Myrtle Beach Police officer responded to the 4600 block of Wild Iris Drive at about 8:40 p.m., where a 71-year-old cab driver said a man robbed him at gunpoint, according to a police report.

The victim said that after he dropped off a fare, the suspect approached him and asked him for a ride to Hooters. The suspect then told the driver to park, pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun, held it as his stomach.

The driver panicked and began honking the horn and screaming for help, the report states. The suspect wrestled outside the cab with the victim, then overpowered him and pushed him to the back seat of his cab. The suspect pinned the victim down, grabbed his wallet, and then ran north.

Police found several cards from the man's wallet in nearby bushes where the suspect was seen fleeing, the report states. Several other officers responded, but were unable to locate the suspect.

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