Police: Cabbie Stabbed With Pen During Robbery In Wilkes-Barre

January 29, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — A city man stabbed a taxi driver in the head with a pen during an early morning robbery last year, according to charges filed in court Monday.

Angus Alphonso “Ice Breezy” Garrison, 32, was denied bail at his arraignment Monday morning, with the magistrate citing the danger he poses to the community.

According to the charges, police were dispatched to Reno Lane and Coal Street around 2:40 a.m. Oct. 19 to a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and saw Anthony Snyder, a driver for Burgits City Taxi, had the “bottom half of a large pen sticking out of (his) head,” according to the charges.

Snyder was rushed to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for treatment.

At the hospital, Snyder told police he had picked up the robber and a woman at 94 Hillside St. and taken them to Motel 6 in Wilkes-Barre Twp. About a half hour later, he returned to the motel to pick up another fare and again encountered the pair, who asked to be dropped back off at Reno Lane, police said.

On the way, the robber asked Snyder to pull over, and the woman got out saying she was going to get money to pay the fare, the complaint said.

The man then asked Snyder for a pen and wrote a phone number on a piece of paper before stabbing Snyder in the head and demanding all his money, according to police.

Snyder turned over the cash from his pants pocket and the robber ripped a surveillance camera from off the windshield before fleeing the scene with the woman, police said.

The camera was recovered from the floor in front of the front passenger seat, and a review of the footage revealed Garrison was the robber, police said.

Court records show Garrison has a lengthy criminal history, including an aggravated assault conviction in a 2014 case for stabbing a man in the chest several times. He also has a pending case stemming from another robbery that took place in Wilkes-Barre in December.

Police charged Garrison with robbery, reckless endangerment and simple assault. Magisterial District Judge James M. Dixon arraigned him on the charges Monday morning and ordered him held without bail at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 7.

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