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Taxi driver assaulted, cab stolen

Portland police are looking for a man who reportedly assaulted a Broadway cab driver Tuesday night and then stole the man’s taxi.

According to police, the incident occurred just after 9 p.m. on June 4 at Southwest Naito Parkway and Morrison Street.

The victim told police the man ran up to him while he was stopped and started attacking him.

The victim said that when he got out to defend himself, the suspect climbed behind the wheel of the cab and took off.

Two women and a man were in the cab at the time, but managed to make it out safely before the car was stolen.

The suspect reportedly drove the wrong way onto the Morrison Bridge, via the westbound off-ramp to Naito Parkway, and was last seen traveling eastbound from the bridge to Interstate 5 north.

The Ford Crown Victoria cab was recovered at Southeast Columbia River Drive and Columbia Shores Boulevard in Vancouver shortly before midnight, according to Clark County dispatch.

The suspect is described as a white, in his 30s, 5-foot-8, 175 pounds with a baseball cap, sleeveless shirt and tattooed arms.

Anyone with non-emergency information about the case can call 503-823-3333.

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