By Luke Lavoie, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:42 PM EDT, September 9, 2013
A 17-year-old Columbia youth has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery of a Columbia cab driver. Chellby Ofosusafori pleaded guilty before Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt this morning.
At the hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Joanna Miller told the court that the cab driver felt suspicious of the four youths he picked up the evening of March 1, 2013 and requested a $10 fare upfront. They wanted to be taken to the Sewell’s Orchard neighborhood but could not provide an address.
One he had pulled over in Sewell’s Orchard, the driver felt a yellow karate belt around his neck, being pulled from behind to choke him. A passenger in the front seat pulled out a handgun and threatened to kill the driver who sped off and crashed into a tree. The weapon was a BB/pellet gun. Miller told the court that Ofosuafori was in the right rear passenger seat and that he attempted to open the rear passenger door as the robbery began to unfold. Ofosusafori will be sentenced on October 11.
He is the third youth to plead guilty in the armed robbery of Columbia Flyer taxi driver. On August 20, Johnam Perez-Rivera pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of first-degree assault and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Khalid Khahiem Woods pleaded guilty, August 8, to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, and will be sentenced November 15.
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