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CRIME Cops have suspect in shooting of cabbie



Published: Wed, January 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The injured cabbie was able to call his dispatcher.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Hubert Floyd Jr. is suspected of shooting an Independent Taxi driver in a robbery attempt, according to a detective.

The cabbie, Julio Rivera, 37, of Early Road, was slashed along the jaw with a knife and shot in the neck around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was in St. Elizabeth Health Center Tuesday evening, but officials would not release information on his condition.

Floyd, 41, whose last known address was Bennington Avenue, was checked out for chest pains after being arrested in the 1700 block of Atkinson Avenue at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, said Detective Sgt. Daryl Martin. Martin said he expects the case to be directly presented to a grand jury Thursday and the charges will likely be attempted murder and robbery.

Martin said Floyd is a suspect in other cab robberies.

What happened

At 2:49 a.m. Tuesday, Rivera was sent to the 1300 block of Berwick Avenue on the East Side to pick up a fare who wanted to go to an address on Stacey Street that turned out to be fictitious, said Lt. Robin Lees.

At 3:27 a.m., Rivera managed to use his radio and tell the taxi dispatcher that he needed help, Lees said.

The dispatcher called 911. Police searched the Stacey Street area and then found Rivera on Josephine Street near Nelson Avenue. He was sitting on the ground near the taxi's driver's door.

Rivera may have been shot with his own gun because he was wearing a holster but the gun was gone, Lees said.

Minutes after the early morning shooting, Martin and Detective Sgt. Ron Rodway were called out and began to canvass the neighborhood where Rivera had picked up his fare.

"We got people in the neighborhood to cooperate and then went to [Floyd's] brother's house then another house and collected evidence -- bloody clothes," Martin said. "Then we checked his mother's house on Atkinson and he was just getting out of the car."

Martin said members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force were able to tackle Floyd when he took off running.




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