4th Columbia teen sentenced in assault on cab driver

The fourth Columbia teen convicted in the assault and attempted armed robbery of a Columbia cab driver in March was sentenced to nine months in prison Friday, according to State's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Woody Rousseau, 18, of the 6500 block of Pennacock Court, was sentenced to four years with all but nine months suspended after pleading guilty to a robbery charge in September.

Rousseau will serve five months under house arrest and four months in the Howard County Detention Center. 

Rousseau is the last of the four teens charged in the March 1 incident.

On Sept. 6, Chelby Ofosusafori, 17, of the of the 6500 block of Woven Moonbeam Street, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. On Aug. 20, Johnam Perez-Rivera, 16,of the 9400 block of Merry Rest Road, 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, 19, of the 9200 block of Wandering Way, pleaded guilty on Aug. 8 to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. 

On March 1, the cab driver picked up the four teens and took them to their requested destination of Sewell's Orchard neighborhood in Columbia. Upon arrival, one of the four passengers choked the driver with a yellow karate belt, Kirwan said. The front-seat passenger, believed to be Woods, pulled out a handgun, which Howard County Police believe was a BB gun, and threatened to kill the driver.

The driver, fearing for his life, sped off and crashed into a tree, according to the charging documents.

According to Kirwan, Rousseau sat in the center rear passenger seat and that it was his cell phone that was used to call the cab company, though he did not make the call. Police investigators recovered Rousseau's eyeglasses and a second BB gun, belonging to Rousseau, in the back seat of the cab, according to the charging documents.

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