A female taxi driver was robbed and assaulted by two passengers in Shanghai then left to die in the back seat, according to a recent police announcement.
The unlicensed cab driver, surnamed Fang, was contacted by two men, Gu and Huang, near the Daye Highway in Fengxian district on March 27, Shanghai Daily reports. The two passengers grabbed Fang and pulled her into the back seat upon entering the car. After tying her hands and putting a bag over her head, they stole a gold ring, a bracelet and 150 yuan from the woman.
Fang had a seizure and was struggling to breathe, at which point one of the robbers fled the scene. The other drove away in the Audi with Fang still in the back seat. He drove the car to a construction site in Songjiang district and left the car, hiding the woman’s body under the seat.
Fang was discovered dead in the abandoned vehicle not long after. Following a manhunt, the two men were detained by cops on April 22 in Pudong and Fengxian districts. They later told cops that they’d targeted Fang because, during a previous ride, she’d told them she was well-off.
Police have issued a strong warning to unlicensed cabbies who often face violent encounters with passengers, usually because of fare disputes. While licensed cabs have at least some degree of protection—they are connected to a dispatch system and their cars are equipped with GPS—illegal drivers can face being swindled by people posing as fake law enforcement officials or in some cases, assaulted.
Last October, a cab driver in Shanghai’s Minhang district was reportedly stabbed to death by a teenager during an argument surrounding the cab’s 40 yuan fare.