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Teens arrested after allegedly threatening taxi driver with a knife

Attempted Robbery arrest
Teens arrested after attempting to rob taxi driver, threatening him with a knife

SALINAS, Calif. (KION-TV) -- Two teens are in custody at juvenile hall after Salinas Police say they attempted to rob a taxi driver and threatened him with a knife.

Police say the cab driver picked up four juveniles and shortly thereafter one of the passengers pulled out a knife and held it to the driver's throat.

Investigators say the cab driver doesn't speak English and couldn't understand the suspect's demands but feared for his safety.

The victim was able to grab the knife, but police say he was repeatedly punched in the back of the head by the three other juveniles in the back seat.

Investigators were told one of the suspects tried stabbing the victim with the knife.

All four juveniles ran off when the victim was able to pull the knife away, two of which were caught by Salinas police officers.

The suspects in custody are only described as a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old. Each are charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy and violation of juvenile probation. The other two juvenile suspects were able to escape.

The 56-year-old victim was treated and released from the hospital with injuries to his hand and the back of his head.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, is encouraged to contact Salinas PD at 758-7321 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at 775-4222

Monterey County / Salinas / Top Stories

Victor Guzman

Victor Guzman is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.



  1. Attempted robbery and conspiracy? What?!?! How about assault with a deadly weapon ?
    These punks need to spend about 30 years in Siberia.
    Some nice dude, trying to work and support a family attacked by these rodents.
    Really offensive.
    Juvenile? On probation?
    A 16 year old guy with a knife is not some juvenile delinquent.
    The justice system has lost its mind.
    They tried to give Lori What’s Her Name 40 YEARS for bribing someone.
    And then instead of punishment to fit the crime, like she and her hubby putting 2/3’rds of their fortune into college scholarships, they make her serve a few months.
    These guys above will be slapped on the wrist and let loose to eventually kill or maim someone.

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