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Cabbie’s ‘Yes-No’ Answers Help Capture Suspect

A quick-thinking cab driver and a helpful Washington County (Md.) 911 dispatcher worked together to capture and arrest the passenger in the back seat of the taxi after he assaulted his ex-wife. Cabbie Cathy Rhodes and dispatcher Mike Shifler met days later at the communications center to shake hands and recall the incident. Police say the suspect called the cab from his home in Pennsylvania, and gave the Rhodes an address in Hagerstown (Md.) about 13 miles away. The suspect arrived at his ex-wife’s house, went inside and assaulted the woman, and then returned to the cab. Rhodes had already dialed 911 after seeing the assault. She reached Shifler and explained what happened, but then had to revert to “yes-no” questions when the suspect returned to the cab. Shifler instructed Rhodes to drive to a McDonald’s restaurant where deputies could arrest the man by surprise. So Rhodes explained to the suspect that she had to pick up food for her taxi dispatcher. When Rhodes arrived at McDonald’s, she ran from the van, and the suspect had to be Tasered before being arrested. During her meeting with Shifler, Rhodes nervously joked that she may go back into to the banking profession. Read more about the incident here.

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  • 911 Dispatcher October 25, 2011, 6:10 am

    Great story however Washington County PA is in western PA, this actually occurred in central PA and Washington County MD. Also, the dispatchers name is Mike. This article was poorly edited.

    • Gary Allen October 25, 2011, 12:01 pm

      Thanks for noticing the mistakes—I’ve corrected them and re-edited the story a bit.