Navy midshipman arrested for assaulting cab driver

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Anne Arundel County police say a midshipman at the Naval Academy has been arrested for putting a butter knife to the head of a cab driver.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. on April 20, a cab driver for La Union Taxi Cab Co. reported to police that he was assaulted after driving two people home from a bar on West Street.

When it came time to pay, the passengers told the cab driver that they did not have a credit card and needed to get cash from inside the residence in the 1400 block of Bay Head Road.

Police say one of the passengers, identified as 22-year-old Navy midshipman Gabriel Marc Voumard, stayed inside the cab while the other one went inside. When the passenger returned without enough money, the two ran inside the house. A woman then came outside and said that the passengers were coming with more money, according to police.

The victim told police that Voumard then came back outside with a knife. Police say the victim was standing in the driveway and Voumard ran aggressively towards him, raising the knife up next to the right side of his head.

Police say the victim ran back to his cab and that Voumard dropped the knife on the ground. When police arrived on scene, they found a silver butter knife on top of the cab.

Police say that Voumard was extremely intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to Eastern District Police Station where he was charged with First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, and Reckless Endangerment.

The investigation is ongoing.


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