Cross-Dressing Passenger Knocks Down Cabbie, Steals Taxi

(CBS) – A cab driver was relieved of some personal items – and his cab – this weekend by a strong-armed robber who may have been a cross-dressing man, police said.

The cabbie, 55, picked up the suspect around 6 a.m. Saturday North Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue.

The victim tells police the passenger was 6 feet tall, 190 pounds and was either a large woman or a man dressed in women’s clothing and a black wig, Chicago Police News Affairs tells CBS 2.

When the passenger asked the cabbie to pull over, she or he allegedly pushed the driver to the ground and robbed the driver of personal items. The suspect drove off in the cab, which was later found nearby, police said.

Police have no suspects in custody.

Though police say crime is down 15 percent from last year in the district, which includes Boystown, reports of crime here continually show up on social media, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

“Helmont” is what some call a four-block south of Wrigley Field.


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