A grand jury has indicted an Anchorage couple on assault, robbery and burglary counts in a crime spree that left local cab drivers in fear last spring.

The Anchorage district attorney's office announced the charges against 21-year-olds Hector Rivera and Shirley Borrero-Qinones on Thursday.

According to charging documents, the crime spree started with the assault and robbery of a taxicab driver on March 22. Rivera and Borrero-Qinones allegedly lured the driver to the Ulu Factory on Ship Creek Avenue, claiming to be locked out of a car. That’s when police say they assaulted the driver and robbed him of a wallet, iPhone, and $400 in cash, before stuffing him into the trunk of his cab.

According to Anchorage police, a bank card taken from the cab driver’s wallet was used just minutes later at a Chevron gas station. Rivera and Borrero-Qinones were identified as the customers purchasing items with the card.

The charges also cover an assault and robbery of a taxi-cab driver that occurred two days later, as well as an April 1 burglary of a box van in Girdwood that was being used as a residence.

Two taxi drivers who were assaulted at the time told KTVA that their attackers had beaten and threatened to shoot them during the robberies, prompting at least one local cab company to temporarily dispatch cabs with two drivers as a security measure.

Rivera and Borrero-Qinones were each indicted for two counts of first-degree robbery and five counts of second-degree theft, as well as single counts of second-degree and third-degree assault and first-degree burglary. Each defendant faces up to 90 years imprisonment if convicted at trial.

Rivera is currently in custody, waiting to be arraigned by a Superior Court judge on Jan. 11, while Borrero-Qinones is out on bail.

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