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Police: Cabbie killed for refusing to take shortcuts

By Associated Press


SCRANTON, Pa. >>  A 16-year-old who believed he was being ripped off shot and killed a northeastern Pennsylvania cab driver who refused to take his shortcuts, police said.

Aazis Richardson was charged with murder Friday night, hours after police said he shot 47-year-old Vincent Darbenzio twice in the head. The cab driver's body was found in his vehicle shortly before 5 a.m. near the entrance to a Scranton housing complex.

"Richardson said he got upset because the cab driver was taking the long way and ripping him off," police wrote in a criminal complaint posted online by The Times-Tribune of Scranton. The complaint said Richardson told investigators the driver kept taking a longer route even after being told shortcuts.

Richardson told police he became angry and shot Darbenzio after telling him to pull over, according to the complaint.

While in police custody, Richardson told reporters he had killed the driver because he wouldn't take his preferred route. Asked if being ripped off was reason to kill someone, Richardson replied, "To me, it is."

Investigators said they traced the cellphone call that requested the cab to a home next door to one Richardson frequented. Richardson was arrested after police said they found him hiding in the shared attic. A handgun was also recovered.

The woman who placed the call told police she did not know Richardson but called the cab for him because he said he did not have a phone.

It's not clear if Richardson had an attorney.

Darbenzio started working for the cab company last month.

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Anonymous wrote:
Now, he'll get his way...a short cut to prison.
on May 24,2014 | 01:22PM
kuewa wrote:
So, this guy shoots a cabbie for "ripping him off." Another guy kills 7 people because too many girls dumped him. It's the age of the "it's not me, it's you" generation.
on May 24,2014 | 01:49PM
bumba wrote:
Execute this kid and save the world a lot of grief later on.
on May 24,2014 | 01:54PM
HD36 wrote:
Maybe we need a course in public education called: When is it not ok to kill someone.
on May 25,2014 | 10:54AM
sloturle wrote:
nah cuz if you don't have money and only 16 cab rides are big bux to this guy
on May 24,2014 | 03:02PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Cab drivers should take note - do not try to rip off your customers. I still remember a cab driver in London who wouldn't give me my change until I got really mad. He then said that he was trying to keep it for his tip - needless to say, he got NO tip.
on May 24,2014 | 03:55PM
hikine wrote:
I took a cab home from the airport once and he took the long route which added half a mile. I still gave him a tip even though my house was only within a couple of miles from the airport. To shoot someone for perceived deception is no excuse.
on May 24,2014 | 06:20PM
iwanaknow wrote:
A cabbie took the long way from the Las Vegas airport to the Strip............he got no tip from me........I shoulda called his company to complain........I learned too late.
on May 24,2014 | 07:26PM
Makua wrote:
I believe it very important that youngsters received an in depth parent to child discussion about the importance of making decisions. Every decision we make has consequences. Stupid decisions are what you want to avoid. Aazis will regret his decision forever. I recall having a lengthy discussion with my child about decision making and am very thankful that we both had that opportunity.
on May 25,2014 | 04:15AM
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