Man Jailed After Robbing Taxi Driver At Knife-Point In Dudley
15 November 2017, 15:43
A man who robed a taxi driver at knife point has been jailed for 11 years.
Khaleel Hart, 22, threatened the driver and stole £80 after being dropped off on Maple Road in Dudley.
Officers from West Midlands Police tracked him down to a hotel on Castle Hill within a hour.
He then attacked four police officers when they tried to arrest him in February.
Detective Constable Dave Laver, said: "This was a horrifying experience for the taxi driver while going about his normal line of work.
"You can’t underestimate the distress of being threatened with a knife and he showed a lot of composure to call us soon after.
"Officers were able to quickly establish where Hart may be and were able to arrest him within an hour.
"We remain committed to tackling crime involving weapons and this substantial sentence should serve as a strong warning about the risks of carrying a weapon.
"He showed a complete disregard for officers with his violent behaviour against those who seek to protect the public and uphold the law."
Appearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court he was also sentenced to four months for the assaults on the police officers.