The Minneapolis Police Department is asking the public to help find a man linked to five armed cab driver robberies in the past two days.
Investigators are trying to locate 22-year-old Tonio James Weaver, saying he is suspected in the following cases:
- At 4:30 a.m. on June 18, a Red and White cab driver was robbed in the 1800 block of East 26th Street.
- At 3:15 p.m. on June 19, a Blue and White cab driver was robbed in the 2600 block of Cedar Avenue.
- At 4:30 p.m. on June 19, a New Star Taxi driver was robbed at 52nd And Knox avenues.
- At 4:30 a.m. on June 20, a driver for Yellow Taxi was robbed in the 2400 block of 18th Avenue South.
- At 7:15 a.m. on June 20, a second Red and White cab driver was robbed in the 2000 block of East 28th Street.
Weaver is believed to be armed with a knife. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 immediately.
FOX 9 News spoke with one victim who said he ran into Weaver outside Abbot Northwestern Hospital. Now, it's hard to blame him for preferring to pick up the old ladies who need a lift instead.
"When I pull up my car, he tried to put a knife on my shoulder," Adan Aylani said. "I grabbed his hand and then I ran and he ran."
Police say Weaver appears to be intercepting cabs at hospitals that were ordered by someone else, and he asks to be taken to south Minneapolis. His last known address is the Little Earth housing project, within a few blocks of four of the robberies. His family members told FOX 9 News he's now on the run and needs to turn himself in.
In the Cedar & 26th incident, Weaver demanded money of a cab driver who didn't have any. He fled on foot only to try again 45 minutes later clear across town at 52nd & Knox in north Minneapolis, police say. His sister lives just a block away from that location.
Family members say Weaver may be motivated by a drug addiction, but he's not getting much cash from the taxi drivers. While no one has been hurt so far, police do worry that he's becoming increasingly desperate and dangerous.