Man robs taxi driver in Aloha, shot with own gun during struggle
A man was arrested after trying to rob a taxi driver in the Aloha area and suffering a gunshot wound during a struggle with the driver.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded early Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, to a robbery near the intersection of Southwest 188th Court and Farmington Road. When deputies arrived, they discovered that 18-year-old Josiah Johnson had tried to rob a cab driver and was shot with his own gun while struggling with the driver for the weapon.
"According to the taxi driver, both of their fingers were over the trigger," said a spokesperson for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The cab driver told deputies he picked Johnson up in Gresham. Once Johnson requested to go to the Aloha area, the cab driver asked for pre-payment or collateral due to the long drive.
Deputies say Johnson then voluntarily gave the driver his cellphone.
"When they arrived, Mr. Johnson tried to pay the cab driver with a fake $100 bill, but the cab driver immediately recognized the bill was fraudulent," said in a statement by the Sheriff's Office. "The cab driver still had possession of Mr. Johnson's cellphone and had not been paid."
Johnson then pulled a gun out and pointed it at the back of the cab driver's head, the statement added. After Johnson yelled at the cab driver, the driver told deputies that he saw an opportunity to grab the gun from Johnson, so he did.
Deputies say a struggle occurred over the gun, and during the struggle, the gun discharged, and the bullet entered Johnson's left hip and exited out of his left buttock.
"Both Mr. Johnson and the cab driver exited the vehicle, where the struggle continued," said the Sheriff's Office. "The cab driver was able to get the gun away from Mr. Johnson, throw it away from both of them, and yell for help."
Community members from a nearby home then heard the commotion and went to see what was going on, said deputies.
"The community members helped the cab driver hold Mr. Johnson down and called 9-1-1," added the Sheriff's Office. "Deputies arrived shortly after."
Deputies say Johnson was arrested at the scene and transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.
Johnson was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged for robbery in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, and possession of a controlled substance.
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