UPDATE: Arrests Made in Connection with Cab Driver Robbery

By KBJR News 1

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
--A Duluth cab company is making security changes after a driver was violently assaulted by two men.

Police arrested two Duluth teenagers in connection with this crime.

A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old are awaiting formal charges of 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery and 2nd Degree Assault.

Police reports says the driver was robbed, choked, and shot at by two people early Saturday morning.

His boss at Custom Cab, Dan O'Hearon, says this incident has prompted a conversation about creating a safer environment for his drivers.

He says in the past ten years, his company drivers have been robbed seven times, and this recent act of violence is a sign that change is needed.

He's looking into installing security cameras in the front seat focused on the passengers.

"I've been thinking about it for a while, and it's sad that it's taken this long, or an incident like this to make me move forward to getting them but certainly this inspired me to move a bit quicker on this," said O'Hearon.

O'Hearon says it's not too expensive to install cameras and they will hopefully detour crime.

He will make sure passengers know they're on camera and that there will be a record of anything they do.

He's hoping to have them installed by the end of the year.

In a statement police say "although cab robbery incidents thankfully don't occur often in our city, we share the cab driver's safety concerns".

Police also encourage cab companies to place safety barriers between drivers and passengers to make the cab driver less vulnerable.