FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — Frederick Police said they arrested and charged a 46-year-old man Tuesday for the armed carjacking of a taxi and for assaulting the taxi driver.

Officers responded at 8:25 a.m. to South East Street, where they found the victim, who had minor injuries. She reportedly told police that a man, identified as Lafayette Sheffield, approached her taxi and asked her to drive him to a store. She said he then told her he was armed and wanted to steal the car.

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Police said a struggle ensued and Sheffield choked the woman as he tried to take the car. When bystanders came to help, Sheffield reportedly ran.

As officers searched for Sheffield, a resident reported a man hiding near B&O Avenue and Water Street. Police said there, they found Sheffield, who matched the description they were given. The victim also positively identified him.

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Police found suspected drugs on him and more than $700 in cash. Sheffield is charged with armed carjacking, reckless endangerment, possession intent to distribute, and other related charges.



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CBS Baltimore Staff