Law enforcement officials have arrested three men in connection with the assault of a Hemet cab driver that occurred just before 3 a.m. on Aug. 22, it was reported today.
Deputies from the Hemet Station responded to a report of an assault at the intersection of Cornell Street and East Johnston Avenue, in East Hemet and found a female cab driver in her 60s with severe head injuries.
According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report, the victim reportedly picked up three adult male fares from a convenience store at the intersection of Florida Avenue and N. Inez Street in Hemet.
“At the request of the fares, she drove to East Hemet and stopped at the intersection of Cornell Street and East Johnston Avenue. The three males then proceeded to rob the victim while assaulting her with a collapsible, two-wheel, metal scooter,” the report said.
The three men fled the scene and the cab driver was transported to a local hospital.
Marquis White, 21, Leroy Quintana, 19, and Robert Norton, 21, were arrested after evidence collected at the scene of the assault and at the convenience store led investigators to a residence where the suspects were found on the 41000 block of Sunset Lane in East Hemet.
Following interviews with the suspects, the weapon was found in the backyard of a nearby residence, officials said.
Each of the suspects are currently in custody and charged with kidnap for ransom, torture, aggravated mayhem, and robbery.
Each of the three has a bail amount set at $3 million.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Hemet Station at 951-971-3400.