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Four Oakland Mills HS students indicted in attempted murder of cab driver

The Four Oakland Mills High School students accused in the attempted murder of a Columbia cab driver were indicted by a Howard County Grand Jury this week, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Khalid Khahiem Woods, 19, Johnam Perez-Rivera, 16, and Woody Rousseau, 17, and Chellby Ofosusafori, 17, have been indicted on second-degree attempted muder, conspiracy, armed robbery, robbery and assault charges for allegedly choking and threatening to kill a cab driver on the evening of March 1.

Police said they received a call from a cab driver about 10:45 p.m., stating that he had been assaulted after picking up four men on Sweet Fern in Columbia.

According to the charging documents, one of the passengers told the driver to pull over en route to their destination on Sewell Orchard Road. As he pulled over, the driver was choked with a karate belt by the passenger seated directly behind him, who police believe is Perez-Rivera. 

The front passenger, believed to be Woods, pulled out a hand gun, which police believe is a BB gun, according to the charging documents, and threatened to kill the driver, police said.

Fearing for his life, the driver accelerated the cab and struck a tree, police said. The driver, who sustained minor facial injuries, escaped to a house where he called 911, police said.

Inside the cab, police recovered two BB guns, a yellow karate belt, two five-dollar bills, and a pair of black framed glasses, which police believe belong to Rousseau.

The second BB gun, which was not pulled out in the incident, also belonged to Rousseau, according to the documents. 

Police used the evidence and cell phone records to link the four teens to the incident.   

Rousseau and Ofosusafori have been released on $200,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively. Woods and

Perez-Rivera  are being held at Howard County Detention Center on $350,000 and $250,000 bond, respectively. 

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