Cab driver charged with abducting 3 passengers in Va.

WASHINGTON — A cab driver has been arrested and charged with locking three of his passengers in the car in a dispute over a fare in Woodbridge, Virginia, and driving off, leading them to jump out of the moving taxi.

The Prince William County police said that Muzemil Denbel, 30, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, picked up three women passengers, ranging in age from 22 to 32, in the early hours of Saturday in D.C. When they arrived at the women’s destination on Nassau Drive in Woodbridge at about 3:30 a.m., they argued over the fare, and Denbel locked the doors and drove off with the women in the cab, the police said.

The police said one of the women contacted a relative who began to drive after Denbel’s cab. Eventually, the three women managed to unlock the doors, jump out of the cab, get into the other vehicle and follow Denbel.

Denbel stopped about a mile away on Mapledale Avenue. The police arrived shortly thereafter, and arrested Denbel. He’s charged with three counts of abduction and is being held without bond, they say. He has a court date July 13.

The police said no one was hurt.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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