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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Taxi driver shares story of how he was assaulted and shot at on westside

Posted at 5:52 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 14:55:09-04

Tucson Police Department are searching for two armed and dangerous men who allegedly shot at and assaulted at taxi driver on the Westside.

Siby Thomas, a Royal Taxi driver, went to pick up two passengers near North Silverbell Road and West Congress Street around 4:30 a.m. yesterday.  

When he arrived, both men pulled out a gun and demanded money.

"First thing when they open the door they put a gun here and they pushing me, give me the money, give me the money, pushing my head, a lot," said Thomas. "My head is cut here."
As Thomas tried to drive away the men began shooting at him.
"I am a cab driver, I am driving a taxi and I am lucky, I could have died," he said. "God help I have two kids, a wife, everything you know."
Thomas said being a taxi driver is a scary job.
"In Tucson too many bad people," he explained. "You know too many homeless people, they are doing drugs too many problems here."
Thomas says the men used his credit cards at a Quick Mart, Quiktrip, and Circle K. The suspects also took out money from his bank account.
For security, Thomas says he wants to put cameras in his car.
The shooters are described as Hispanic men, 20-30 years old, about 5 foot 10 inches tall, 180 pounds with short black hair and dark clothing.
Police say if you have any information on this incident or the suspects, they urge you to call 9-1-1 or 88 crime.