AUSTIN (KXAN) — A taxi driver responding to call in East Austin was beaten and robbed by a group of four people Jan. 21, according to an arrest affidavit.
The driver told police he showed up to a home in the 1900 block of Maple Avenue and saw a group of four people sitting on a nearby curb.
When he stopped, Niresha Deloach approached the car to ask how much a cab fare would be to unspecified address on Springdale Road, an arrest warrant said.
The three other men in the group then approached the taxi, opened the doors and began to look around, the document said. When the driver noticed one of the men reaching for his cell phone in a cup holder, he quickly grabbed it, believing he was about to be robbed, according to the affidavit.
After asking the group, “are we going or not,” the driver said the three men in the car began punching him repeatedly in the head and face, the document said. He said Niresha Deloach, 21, then opened the driver side door and started punching him too, according to the affidavit.
In fear for his life, the taxi driver told police he tried to put the car in gear and drive away but the man in the front seat turned the car off. In the struggle, the driver said the car was knocked into neutral and rolled backwards into a front yard at which time the suspects fled, the document said.
Based on descriptions the driver gave them, responding officers recalled dealing with a group of suspects in a recent theft that lived a few houses down, according to the warrant. After getting permission from the owner, police entered the home and found Niresha Deloach and 23-year-old Raymond Deloach hiding in a back bedroom, the affidavit said. Authorities said the two were pretending to be asleep despite being fully dressed and wearing shoes.
Niresha Deloach told police she witnessed the attack and that her brother, Raymond, took part, according to the affidavit. She also named two other suspects involved, police said.
The victim was also able to positively identify both of the suspects, the document said.
Niresha and Raymond Deloach were both charged with robbery by assault, a second degree felony. Bond was set at $35,000 for both. There was no further information on the other two suspects.