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Two cab drivers robbed in Grande Prairie

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Two cab drivers were robbed by armed men overnight Saturday. In the first incident, the driver was reportedly sitting in the Cineplex parking lot around 7:20 p.m. on December 26th when a man came in the passenger door with a knife and demanded money. The suspect assaulted the driver and ran away with their cell phone.

He’s described as Caucasian, 5’6″ to 5’7″ with blue eyes and facial hair. He was wearing gloves and a mask that covered his face from the nose down, but noticeably wasn’t wearing a coat. The victim was treated in hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.

Later that night, around 2 a.m. Sunday, a cab driver parked nearby at the Canadian Brewhouse had a man get in his vehicle and ask to be taken to the east side of Grande Prairie. On the way, the suspect pulled out a knife and demanded money. The driver was able to stop and get out, and the man drove off in the vehicle. It was later found in the area of 86th Avenue and 102nd Street badly damaged by fire.

Fortunately, the driver was not hurt in this robbery. The suspect is described as native and approximately 6’1″ to 6’3″. He was wearing a dark scarf, a grey trench coat style jacket and boots.

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Anyone with information on either of these crimes is asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP or Crime Stoppers. They are both still under investigation.

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