2 charged in Ship Creek cab driver robbery
Two young adults who Anchorage Police say are suspects in one of March's taxicab robberies were charged in court on Sunday.
Shirley Borrero-Qinones, 21, and Hector Rivera, 20, were each charged with Robbery in the first-degree, assault in the third degree and assault in the fourth-degree after they allegedly robbed and assaulted a cab driver and then tried to shove him in the trunk of a Yellow Cab before they took off in another vehicle.
According to charging documents, the Yellow Cab driver Ahmed Hassan was called to the Ship Creek area to help someone named "Joe" unlock his car near the Ulu Factory. Hassan didn't see anyone in the area until he was flagged down by a male and female who were next to a "black or blue colored sedan." He then pulled up next to them to help them out.
"Hassan got out of his cab, opened his trunk, and then the male and female pushed him into the trunk and started punching him in the head and chest," charging documents said. "Hassan reported that, at one point, the male pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him, and said 'I'll shoot you'".
Before the suspects took off in a "dark colored vehicle", they took Hassan's wallet, iPhone, $400 in cash; he was almost trapped in the trunk of the cab when the suspects attempted to shut the door but his legs were in the way.
The Yellow Cab had video and audio surveillance which captured the who thing.
"The recording of the robbery includes an audio conversation prior to the robbery during which Yellow Cab Dispatch telling Hassan the person he is looking for is by a gray colored Ford Fiesta," court records say. "Two suspects are also seen in the surveillance video just before the robbery - one suspect is dressed in light-colored clothing and the other individual is wearing dark colored shorts with a top that has a gray colored body and dark colored sleeves."
On Saturday, police announced the two suspect wanted for first-degree robbery were detained by patrol officers and "questioned by detectives" -- crediting a call to Anchorage Crime Stoppers for the break in the case.
"Thank you to the person who called in the tip to Crime Stoppers," police wrote. "It led to the capture of these criminals."
APD spokesperson MJ Thim said the two were held without incident at about 8 a.m. Saturday near 15th Avenue and Cordova Street, at an acquaintance's residence in the King's Court apartment complex. They had been sought on warrants for first-degree robbery after police announced Friday that they are suspects in the March 22 robbery of a cab driver in Downtown Anchorage.
"There may be additional charges," Thim said. "The detectives will determine if there are any additional charges outside the warrant."
APD spokesman MJ Thim declined to say Friday how Qinones and Rivera were implicated in the case. He said they have yet to be linked to any other taxicab robberies being investigated by police.
“They’re all still separate investigations at this point,” Thim said. “We’re still looking into the possibility that the other robberies are related.”
In February, Rivera and Borrero-Qinones were arrested for shoplifting. A month later, Borrero-Qinones has issued a traffic citation while driving a Ford Fiesta.
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