Crime

Cabbie lost his fare and more when rider refused to pay, police say

Recio Romandez’e Hayes
Recio Romandez’e Hayes

A taxi driver was robbed early Thursday when a rider said he couldn’t pay the fare and then took the driver’s cash, police said.

Police arrested Recio R. Hayes, 35, of Gulfport, after officers found him based on the cabbie’s description, police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.

The taxi driver reported the crime at 2:07 a.m. He told police the rider, whom he didn’t know, reached into his pocket and took cash he had ready to make change, Bromen said.

It happened around Seventh Avenue and 31st Street, he said.

Police said they found Hayes in the 3000 block of Sixth Avenue and the cabbie identified him.

Hayes was booked at the Harrison County jail.

Municipal Court Judge Fant Walker set his bond at $100,000.

The name of the cab company is not listed in arrest and investigative reports because the cab driver, not the company, was the victim, Bromen said.

The jail docket shows this is Hayes’ 28th stay at the county jail since 2013. He’s served time and been fined for numerous misdemeanors including domestic violence, simple assault, petit larceny, shoplifting and false information.

He was arrested on an aggravated assault charge but was not indicted, and on two felony shoplifting charges that were reduced to misdemeanors.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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