Cops: Man points gun, threatens to kill taxi driver over fare

Published: Aug. 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 30-year-old West Ashley man is behind bars accused of pointing a gun at a taxi cab driver and threatening to kill her after refusing to pay for his cab fare.

The Charleston Police Department arrested Abraham Isaac Varns and charged him with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

On Tuesday morning, police responded to Jackson and America streets in reference to a robbery. Officers spoke to a cab driver, a 27-year-old woman, who said Varns refused to pay his cab fare, and pointed a gun at her.

The victim said she picked Varns up on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston and took him to several locations before letting him off in downtown.  According to the victim, Varns refused to pay for the cab fare and told the victim that his sister would pay once she was finished taking a shower.

An incident report states Varns entered and exited the cab several times while he and the victim were negotiating the fare.

The victim reported to police that when Varns entered the cab for the final time, he pulled out a gun and pointed it at her.

According to police, Varns told the victim that she better leave or he was going to kill her. Authorities say Varns then left the cab and fled the area.

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