Twin Cities cabbie killings

  • Updated: March 15, 2012 - 10:59 PM

 

Since 1990, 11 cabdrivers have been killed in their cabs in the Twin Cities:

March 14, 2012: William Harper, 56, a driver for Yellow Cab, was found shot in his vehicle in north Minneapolis and died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

August 2009: Suburban Taxi driver Michael A. Palm Jr., 41, was sleeping in his parked cab when a man fatally stabbed him with a screwdriver. Abdirahman A. Abdikarim confessed and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

February 2007: Green & White driver Jim Moody, 46, was shot during a robbery and found in the driver's seat of his taxi in Brooklyn Center, where he had gone to pick up a fare. It was his fifth day on the job. Brandon Cox received a life sentence.

August 2003: Red & White driver Mohamed Salah, 28, was shot twice in the back of the head as he drove three men in Minneapolis. Salvador A. Pacheco was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

July 2003: Blue & White driver Ahmed Ahmed, 38, picked up his last fare in downtown Minneapolis and was found slumped over the wheel of his cab in north Minneapolis. Sylvester L. Scott was sentenced to 25 1/2 years in prison.

April 2000: Blue & White driver Daniel B. Kabtyimer, 23, was shot repeatedly in his taxi in Minneapolis by a man who was fleeing a homicide he had committed. Andrew J. Krosch was sentenced to two life terms for the killings.

March 1998: Blue & White driver Said Igal, 48, was shot in the head in his cab in north Minneapolis. A suspect was arrested but never charged.

April 1997: Yellow Cab driver Abdi J. Mohomed, 25, was shot and killed in St. Paul when he refused a ride to his neighbor, Jasper T. Lyons, 18. Lyons, who was high on crack at the time, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder and was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

January 1996: Diamond Cab driver James Wildenauer, 46, was shot twice in the back of the head and found in his burning cab in St. Paul. George E. Bennett, 22, pleaded guilty to intentional second-degree murder and was sentenced to 29 years in prison. The cab started on fire when Wildenauer's foot became stuck on the gas pedal.

January 1995: City Wide driver Michael Lym, 37, was shot and killed even after giving up his money and his cab in St. Paul. Jose H. Amaya pleaded guilty to intentional second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

January 1990: Premier Cab driver Bill Nieuwsma, 42, was robbed and shot in the temple and the back of the head after responding to a call in south Minneapolis. Calvin L. Everett received a life sentence.

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