In Orlando, Florida, a dead body of a taxi driver was found inside his taxi cab, and Orlando police suspected foul play. Three persons of interest in this case have been taken to Orange County Jail, and those three people have been indicted for robbery.
The discovery of the body was made at approximately 3:15am Friday, in the 500 block of Lake Highland Drive, in close proximity to the campus of Lake Highland Preparatory School in downtown Orlando.
Police say that the Mears taxi driver was robbed and slain, according to Lake Highland Prep President Warren Hudson, who then advised students and parents about the situation. The school, however, was still in session and the students are thankfully safe.
The victim’s name has not yet been disclosed.
This case turned out to be the second case of a Mears cab driver slaying as well as the second homicide in the city of Orlando. On January 12, less than two weeks before this slaying, the dead body of another Mears taxi driver, identified as 42-year-old Nelvil Joseph, was found at the Governor’s Manor Apartments, located at 2847 L.B. McLeod Road. His body was found lying near a dumpster at the back of the parking lot, a location that is frequently used by kids as a shortcut to school. Joseph was believed to be murdered. Police say that the two cases, however, are unrelated.
Police say it this has become a sad day for the victim, for the family, and for the community. But unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who really don’t care or do not have any regard for anything.
Police say that in most cases, there is a level of risk when it comes to operating a taxi and picking up unknown passengers and fares.
A person by the name of Darrious Clay, 27, was later captured by police on unrelated charges. Authorities believe that Clay might be the one who shot Joseph to death, though he was not yet charged in Joseph’s killing. Further, he might be involved in robbing another taxi driver near the Greyhound Bus Station on John Young Parkway.
So far, no one else has been charged in Joseph’s killing.
Clay is now being held at the Orange County Jail with no bail imposed. He has been indicted for armed robbery in connection with the robbery of a cabdriver that happened near 40th Street and Rio Grande Avenue.
The names of the other possible suspects who are now in custody have not been disclosed, since authorities speculate that they might be involved in other unsolved cases.
Also, it is not known whether the surveillance camera installed inside the taxicab captured the incident. Authorities, however, did disclose surveillance glimpses that were taken by a video camera equipped inside Jospeh’s taxicab, and it revealed a man wielding a gun. With that said, Joseph was likely murdered.
The investigation of this second cab driver homicide case remains ongoing.
Anyone with any further information is encouraged to contact the Orlando Police Department. It is highly recommended that tipsters should remain anonymous when reporting tips about actual criminal cases.