A 25-year-old Key West woman who grabbed a taxi driver and forcefully took a $150 cash fare from his possession was arrested Saturday night.
Sherelle Lanay Robinson was charged with robbery, larceny, battery and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Middle Keys Sgt. Joel Slough and Deputy Andrew Leird were called to Publix in Marathon at 10:21 p.m. regarding a taxi customer who did not pay a fare and was acting belligerent. Sgt. Slough located the cab driver in the parking lot at Publix. He advised he picked up a customer, later identified as Robinson, in Key West whereupon Robinson stated she wished to go to Marathon. The agreed upon fare was $150. Robinson paid the fare.
They arrived in Marathon and Robinson realized she missed a bus to Miami. She stated she wished to go to Miami. The cab driver stated the fare to Miami would be $600. Robinson began arguing with the cab driver before she ripped open the center console where the $150 fare had been placed. Robinson grabbed the cab driver by the shirt and snatched the $150 from the center console. She then went inside the Publix. The cab driver called 911, provided a description and waited in the parking lot.
Robinson was found inside the Publix. The cab driver identified her as the person who took his $150 fare. $146 in cash were found in Robinson’s possession as well as two Lorazepam pills.
Robinson was taken to jail.
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