Two men were arraigned today on charges that they allegedly robbed a taxi driver, shot him with a pellet gun, and then stole his cab, Boston police said today.
Shawn Hickey, 40, of Boston and Brian Cunneen, 21, of Lowell were in a cab Sunday evening in the area of Rutherford Avenue and Washington Street in Charlestown when Hickey pointed a gun at the driver and demanded money, police said. The cabbie and the two passengers then got out of the cab and began to fight.
During the altercation, Hickey allegedly shot the driver twice with a pellet gun before getting back in the cab and driving away in it. Hickey drove the cab down Devens Street, where he crashed into two parked cars then fled on foot, police said.
After the crash, Cunneen “approached the cab, reached inside and retrieved a floral arrangement consisting of orange, yellow and red flowers and then took off running,” police said in a statement.
After “a lengthy foot pursuit,” officers caught up to both Hickey and Cunneen and arrested them. Police also recovered several items the men had discarded along the way, including a black pellet gun, police said.
Hickey was charged with armed carjacking, armed robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and leaving the scene after causing property damage. Hickey pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail pending a May 21 dangerousness hearing, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.
Cunneen was charged with armed carjacking and armed robbery. Cunneen pleaded not guilty and was held after his bail on an open case in Lowell District Court was revoked, Conley’s office said. Cunneen is due back in court June 15.Colin A. Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.