Customer tried to cut cab driver's throat

Jan 6, 2014 McClatchy Newspapers

CHEYENNE -- When a local cab driver took the long way home, his passenger became angry.

So, police say, Christopher J. Beavers, 34, of Cheyenne grabbed the driver's head and tried to cut his throat.

He was arrested by the Laramie County Sheriff's Department and charged with one felony count of aggravated assault and battery.

If convicted, Beavers faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

He's being held this weekend in the Laramie County jail on a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 10.

On Wednesday, William Ellis, the driver of a TI Shuttle cab said he picked up a man at a bar on Wednesday. The passenger told him to head toward South Greeley Highway and College Drive.

The passenger then directed him to a house in the 1900 block of Mary Way, where he went inside to get money.

The passenger, later identified as Beavers, came out and told Ellis he only had a credit card and needed an ATM. Beavers told him to go toward Avenue C and College.

There, at a stop sign, Ellis heard Beavers say, "Just stop here."

Beavers then allegedly pulled out a knife, grabbed Ellis' head and tried to cut his throat.

Ellis fought back. During the struggle, he was stabbed in the hand. He then pushed Beavers into the door, and Beavers jumped out of the cab and ran.

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