A Portage la Prairie, Man., taxi driver says he is officially calling it quits after being robbed for a second time in less than a year.
The final straw happened on Dec. 15, when Wasiq Razzaq was robbed after he drove four people to Long Plain First Nation from Portage la Prairie.
Razzaq, who owns Tulip Taxi and Limousine in Portage la Prairie, said the group first asked to go to a house in the city, then asked to go out to Long Plain. It was about 5 a.m. at this point, he said, so he wasn't really willing to bring them all the way out there.
After they offered to give him their phone for collateral and $100 for the 30-minute drive, he said he agreed.
Once they got there, Razzaq said one passenger from the back seat reached in front to try and take the key out of the ignition while another took his company phone.
Razzaq said he got out of the car, but only after being slapped in the face and held down. He said he had to run into a field just to get away from the passengers, who he said had stolen the car and chased him with it.
He alleged the group then fled the scene in the taxi. The car was later found abandoned near the area where it was stolen, he added.
Although he had his phone, Razzaq said he was unable to call police, so he went from house to house, hoping someone would let him in.
Razzaq said he was also robbed in February 2015, when he was held at knifepoint.
Thought he could trust passenger
In the latest incident, Razzaq said he recognized one of the passengers and thought he could trust her.
"The lady who I recognized, I'd given her a ride over 20 times before," he said in an interview Friday.
"She said, 'We promise we'll pay you.' She was very nice at that time and I thought she would pay me because she'd never ripped me off before."
Portage la Prairie RCMP have charged one woman with robbery, but the other three passengers have not been identified yet. Portage la Prairie RCMP released a composite sketch of one passenger based on Razzaq's memory.
If you know any information about the robbery, you can contact Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.