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Cab driver robbed at knifepoint

Galit Rodan
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Two men are facing charges after one cab driver was robbed at knifepoint less than an hour after an attempted armed robbery of another cab driver early Saturday morning.

At about 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning, a cab driver picked up two men in the parking lot of Sam's Monkey Tree, off Range Lake Road, and drove them to a home on Finlayson Drive.

One of the men held a knife to the driver's throat and demanded all his money, but the driver was able to seize the knife and both suspects fled the scene, according to the RCMP.

Less than one hour later, at approximately 4:10 a.m., the police were told of another cab driver who had been robbed by two men in the Reddi-Mart parking lot on Byrne Road. The suspects asked the driver to take them to Finlayson Drive and one man pulled out "what appeared to be a knife," said police.

The men robbed the cab driver of a "small amount of money" said Const. Kathy Law, then they ran into Northland Trailer Park.

Police Dog Services found a 20-year-old man hiding behind a home in Northland and arrested him. Another man, 26, was arrested Sunday afternoon. Both men are from Yellowknife and are accused of being involved in both crimes.

Brent Michael, 20, has been charged with one count of robbery, one count of disguise to commit an offence as well as charges of breaking court conditions and failing to appear in court. There was already a warrant out for his arrest. Police said he is also facing a number of other charges related to the robberies.

The name of the 26-year-old suspect had not been released as of press deadline because the information against him has not been filed in court, Law said.

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