Man Tries To Flee Robbery In Taxi, Escapes On Foot

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) - A man forgot to secure his getaway car when he robbed a Giant Eagle store, police said. Instead, he tried to leave in a taxicab.

When the cab driver realized what happened, he refused to drive the suspect off and instead joined the chase. The robber, who had taken more than $1,200, was forced to flee on foot but escaped, Sgt. Randy Bennett said.

The tall man in his mid-20s gave a cashier a note demanding all the money in the register around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bennett said.

The cashier gave him the money, but as he left, employees followed, waving and yelling "Stop that man!"

The suspect tried to flee in the waiting cab, but the driver had other ideas.

The driver took his keys from the ignition, got out of the car and scuffled briefly with the suspect, Bennett said. Neither man was armed.

When the suspect ran, the cabbie got back into the car and followed him around the building, where he watched the suspect disappear into the woods. As of Friday afternoon, police had not caught the man.

Avon Lake is 18 miles west of Cleveland.

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