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Off-duty cabbie tried to lure Quincy and Brookline women into his car, police say

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 23, 2013 12:54 PM

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An off-duty cab driver has been charged with attempting to kidnap a woman last Thursday in Quincy, and had made similar attempts in Quincy and Brookline this year, Quincy police said.

According to police, a 20-year-old Quincy woman called police on July 18 to report that a man tried to abduct her.

The woman told police she was standing outside of the Thomas Crane Public Library waiting for the bus when a green Toyota Corolla slowly drove by. The car drove by several more times before stopping, she said.

The victim told police that the man demanded that the woman get into the car. When the woman refused, the man ordered again, police said.

The third time the man got out of the car and allegedly charged at the woman. The woman said she yelled and moved away, threatening to call police. The suspect then drove off and the woman called police.

The woman was able to give police a partial plate number and a description of the car. Further investigation turned up the name Mark Levin, age 50.

Quincy police went to talk to Levin on Monday and found his car parked two streets away from his Wall Street home. When police went up to the car, they discovered the suspect inside.

During questioning at the police station, Levin admitted he approached the Quincy woman, but said he was only trying to give her a ride home, police said.

“He said, 'I tried to give her a ride home, but I didn’t touch anybody.' Just said he was trying to be nice,” said Quincy Police Captain John Dougan, who added that the suspect said he was unaware that the woman was upset.

Detectives said several similar instances had been reported in February and May. Police in Brookline have also received similar complaints of a man approaching women.

During the questioning, police said, Levin admitted he had offered rides to Quincy women in the past. The suspect also said he went to Brookline because his mother lived there, and admitted trying to offer rides to women there as well.

According to police, the suspect is a cab driver, but had been offering women rides in his personal car.

Levin was charged only for the July 18 incident -- attempt to commit a crime, kidnapping.

Levin was held overnight and arraigned at Quincy District Court on Tuesday morning.

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