Police: Drunken Midshipman Assaults Taxi Cab Driver With Knife

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)— Anne Arundel County Police say a drunken midshipman pointed a knife at a taxi cab driver after failing to pay his full fare.

Naval Academy Midshipman Gabriel Marc Voumard, 22, is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

A 40-year-old taxi cab driver says it all started when he picked up two people from a bar on West Street in Annapolis and transported them to the 1400-block of Bay Head Road.

It was on Bay Head Road just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday when the taxi driver says he was assaulted.

He told police the two fares did not have a credit card and needed to get cash from inside the home. Police say Voumard stayed inside the taxi while the other person went to get the cash. But that person came back with less money than what was owed. The two then ran inside the house. Moments later, a woman came outside of the home and told the taxi driver that they were coming with more money.

The cab driver says he was standing in the driveway when Voumard came back outside with a knife and ran aggressively toward him, raising the knife up next to the right side of his head and pointing it in the taxi driver’s direction.

The victim then ran back to his taxi. Voumard then dropped the knife on the ground outside of the taxi driver’s side door and went back inside the home.

When officers arrived to the scene, they spoke to both the victim and the suspect. They observed a silver butter knife on top of the taxi. They also observed that Voumard was extremely intoxicated.

Voumard was arrested and transported to Eastern District Police Station where he was formally charged.

The Naval Academy has been notified.

The investigation continues.

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