Buffalo man steals cab, flees to city’s west side

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A Buffalo man is accused of stealing a taxi cab from a Town business and driving it to the City’s west side shortly after robbing a cab driver around a football field away.

Police officers investigate the robbery of a cab driver along Harlem Road on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Police officers investigate the robbery of a cab driver along Harlem Road on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Assistant Chief of Police Jim Speyer tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that Jose Rodriguez, 26, of Potomac Avenue and Magali Santigo, 38, of Layfette Drive, both of Buffalo, were traveling inside a cab to a destination on the Westside.  An argument over the fare ensued and the cabbie pulled over at a business on the 3200 block of Harlem Road.

“[The] guy gets out the cab, goes to the front seat and grabs the cabbie and starts shaking him down and grabs money from his pocket,” said Assistant Chief Speyer.

When the cabbie resisted, Mr. Rodriguez stated he had a gun.  He was able to steal the cash and he and Ms. Santigo fled on foot.

Police officers located a stolen taxi cab from Cheektowaga along the 1200 block of West Avenue on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Police officers located a stolen taxi cab from Cheektowaga along the 1200 block of West Avenue on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Police were able to knab Ms. Santigo after responding to the scene.  While police were investigating the robbery, the Green Cab Company at 93 Maryvale Drive called the police to say one of their cabs were stolen.

“The male who did the robbery of the cabbie originally, goes into this business, knows the players and he steals the cab from the company and he goes to the west side where he wanted to go originally anyway,” added Assistant Chief Speyer.

Cheektowaga Police tracked Mr. Rodriguez to the 1200 block of West Avenue in Buffalo where they found the cab and Mr. Rodriguez walking away.

Cheektowaga Police Detectives and a Lieutenant discuss a stolen cab while on West Avenue in Buffalo on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police Detectives and a Lieutenant discuss a stolen cab while on West Avenue in Buffalo on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

He was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny, Burglary, two counts of Robbery, three counts of Menacing, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Ms. Santigo was arrested and charged with Robbery, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

They were both arraigned in front of Justice Dennis Gorski Tuesday morning where bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Both defendants will return to Cheektowaga Court on July 28th.