Cab driver charged with assault after stabbing

Sherman Wilkins
Sherman Wilkins

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police charged an Austin cab driver with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon after he got into an altercation and stabbed a passenger, according to an arrest affidavit.

A man and two friends said they got in a cab near 6th and Rio Grande streets after a night out. They needed a ride to an apartment at 1007 S. Congress, a little more than a mile away.

The three told police they had been drinking and fell asleep in the cab. When they woke up the fare meter read $149, the document said.

An argument about the high fare ensued and a fight broke out between the driver, Sherman Wilkins, and one of the men riding in the cab, according to witness statements.

After the two were separated it was discovered one of the men, referred to as Jose in the affidavit, had been stabbed.

After being taken to the hospital Jose told police he was missing a Rolex, his iPhone, $200 in cash and several credit cards.

Jose later contacted police after noticing several fraudulent charges on his credit cards, including six charges at $149.50 each from a square device registered to Wilkins, the affidavit said. The device allows a person to swipe a credit card and can be attached to smartphones or tablets.

Several other purchases were made at Home Depot and four gas stations, the warrant showed. Wilkins, 61, was also caught on surveillance camera at the home improvement store using the card, police said.

In an interview with police Wilkins said he did not remember a dispute about the fare and said the three men attacked him. He also denied stealing anything or stabbing anyone.

The general manager of Austin Cab said the company canceled Wilkins contract and helped Austin police after learning there was a warrant out for Wilkins.

Ron Means, general manager of the cab company, said Wilkins passed a background check and the city approved his permit. He was not an owner of the vehicle.

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