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Police: Teen killed cabbie for rejecting his route

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A 16-year-old who believed he was being ripped off shot and killed a northeastern Pennsylvania cab driver who refused to take his shortcuts, police said.

Aazis Richardson was charged with murder Friday night, hours after police said he shot 47-year-old Vincent Darbenzio twice in the head. The cab driver's body was found in his vehicle shortly before 5 a.m. near the entrance to a Scranton housing complex.

"Richardson said he got upset because the cab driver was taking the long way and ripping him off," police wrote in a criminal complaint posted online by The Times-Tribune of Scranton (http://bit.ly/1nD313D ). The complaint said Richardson told investigators the driver kept taking a longer route even after being told shortcuts.

Richardson told police he became angry and shot Darbenzio after telling him to pull over, according to the complaint.

While in police custody, Richardson told reporters he had killed the driver because he wouldn't take his preferred route. Asked if being ripped off was reason to kill someone, Richardson replied, "To me, it is."

Investigators said they traced the cellphone call that requested the cab to a home next door to one Richardson frequented. Richardson was arrested after police said they found him hiding in the shared attic. A handgun was also recovered.

The woman who placed the call told police she did not know Richardson but called the cab for him because he said he did not have a phone.

It's not clear if Richardson had an attorney.

Darbenzio started working for the cab company last month.

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garyjinn123 May 24 2014 at 7:23 PM

Kill him; no questions asked. Why all the bother? Why all the fuss? Put him down, NOW!


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itsmegp46 May 24 2014 at 7:24 PM

What a savage.

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dandyduck8 May 24 2014 at 7:25 PM

Short cut my ass, he was taking the cab to a place where he could be robbed,, Oh well since he could be obama son. He will get a long night in jail.

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jhnharvey1 May 24 2014 at 7:26 PM

Fry the *******.

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emiller867 jhnharvey1 May 25 2014 at 7:09 AM

Give him a hair cut.

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Buckingham's May 24 2014 at 7:27 PM

Way to go, dude. You just threw your life away. I hope you get LIFE without parole so you live a L...O...N...G... time in prison. There's LOTS of older guys just waiting to MEAT you.

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nkriesel May 24 2014 at 7:30 PM

Just part of the culture.

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odcloth May 24 2014 at 7:40 PM

If Obama had a son........................

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Fred May 24 2014 at 7:24 PM

He looks 16 going on 30

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nkowalak May 24 2014 at 8:34 PM

Oh, if he is charged as an adult, he will make some stud happy! But he is a minor, illerate and dumb, he will be free in a couple of years and will kill again. This is an American problem and bledding heart liberals will not put him away for killing a man who only worked as a cabbie for a month! What's wrong here people, you will never understand until someone kills your loved one. This guy needs never to walk free again and residence are going to pay for his keep for ever!

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verbal007 May 24 2014 at 8:51 PM

And you wonder why cab drivers don't pick up young black men

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