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Man charged in shooting of taxi driver



Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury has returned an indictment against Hubert Floyd Jr., 41, on charges of attempted murder and aggravated robbery in the shooting of an Independent Taxi driver earlier this week.

The prosecutor's office presented the case directly to the grand jury.

The driver, 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.

Police found him on the city's East Side.

He is recovering in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Floyd, 41, who listed addresses on Bennington and Atkinson avenues, also was indicted on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.

Others

The grand jury also returned indictments against Ronald L. Robinson, 18, of Berkley Avenue; Isael Roman III, 17, of Rosewood Avenue; and Montrell D. Sims, 17, of South Truesdale Avenue, on charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

They are accused of robbing the Big Apple Supermarket on McGuffey Road of cash and cigarettes in March 2004, and shooting the store owner, Jihad Mahd, in the mouth.

Mahd, 57, of Youngstown, survived.

They are also accused of forcing a relative of Mahd's from the store.




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