Youngstown cabbie: ‘A puddle of blood covered my lap’

Mark Haag

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A  Youngstown cab driver is recovering after being attacked in his cab.

Youngstown police say the driver, Mark Haag, 33, was working for Independent Radio Taxi when he picked up two men and a woman from a home on Ivanhoe Avenue just after 11 p.m. Monday.

When the three got into the cab, Haag told them they had to pay up front. That was when one of the men in the backseat attacked him and the other pulled a gun on him.

“Next thing I know, the guy behind me put me in a headlock. The guy on the passenger backseat pulled a gun out and tried to rob me,” Haag said.

Haag said the woman, who was sitting in the front seat, told him he was going to die. But a few moments later, the gun came apart, and Haag used the opportunity to elbow the man who had him in a headlock. In the scuffle, the woman stabbed Haag in the stomach.

The suspects ran away and Haag drove to a safer location and got emergency help.

“I felt warm and a puddle of blood just covered my lap,” Haag said.

Haag was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

Another Independent Radio Taxi was robbed on Saturday, and it’s possible it was the same group of people.

Haag said the incident won’t shy him away from driving a cab, but he just doesn’t want to work nights anymore.

“They tried to rob me, but in the process they didn’t get one dollar,” Haag said.



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