Cab driver robbed on East Side, shoots attacker

Staff report


Police said a cab driver who was being robbed late Wednesday on the East Side managed to grab a gun from one of the robbers and shoot him.

Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said Thursday the suspect is being treated at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for a gunshot wound.

Being treated is Drequan Abdullah, 18. Warrants were filed in municipal court charging him with aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Also arrested were a juvenile and Brandon Rosa, 19, who is in the Mahoning County jail on an aggravated-robbery charge.

The cab driver told police he was called to the Rockford Village public housing complex to take three men to an address on Rutledge Drive, and when they arrived, one of them pulled a gun and demanded money.

The cab driver wrestled with the gun before it went off, wounding one of the robbers. They fled, and the driver drove to Maranatha Lane, where he called 911.

A short while later, police answered a call for a man who claimed he was shot nearby, and that led to them arresting all three people.

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