Paris taxi driver thwarts robbery attempt

Police Department Car_sliderA Paris taxi driver thwarted a robbery attempt early Sunday by speeding away when a passenger brandished a gun and demanded all of his money, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

Police officers responded to a call about 5:15 Sunday, meeting with the cab driver in the 600 block of Bonham Street. He told officers he picked up two young men in northeast Paris and drove them to a convenience store to buy cigarettes.

The driver said he then took them to an apartment complex elsewhere in town. As the men were exiting the taxi, the driver said, they asked how much the fare was, and one of the men displayed a pistol and demanded all his money.

The driver said he told them he didn’t have any money and rapidly accelerated from the scene, Garrett said.

The case is under investigation, Garrett said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.