Kidnap victim calls 911 from trunk of cab

Nov. 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM
share with facebook
share with twitter

CHICAGO, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A Chicago cabbie forced into the trunk of his own taxi called 911 from his backup cellphone as his kidnapper drove through the city, authorities said.

Police arrested Roderick Swoopes, 27, of Calumet City, Ill., after a chase that ended with the taxi crashing and Swoopes attempting to flee on foot, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The incident began when Swoopes flagged down a cab and asked to be taken to a South Side address.

As the cab neared the destination, Swoopes pulled a gun and demanded the driver give him his wallet and cellphone, police said.

He forced the driver into the trunk of the cab and drove off, not knowing the cabbie had a second cellphone, which he used to dial 911.

Police, aided by a cab company dispatcher using data from the cab's GPS tracking device, chased Swoopes, who crashed the taxi, fled on foot and was captured.

Swoopes was charged with armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated vehicular hijacking, police said.

Paramedics treated the taxi driver who sustained minor injuries in the crash, the Tribune said.

Related UPI Stories
Trending Stories