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Police looking for man who robbed cab driver at knife point

Police looking for man who robbed cab driver at knife point

CREATED Feb 1, 2013

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police need the public's help finding a 37-year-old man who they say robbed a cab driver at knife point and then ran away.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that officers responded to reports of a robbery on January 19 at 9th Avenue and Lee Street.

When officers arrived, they spoke to a taxi driver who said a man robbed him at knife point and then ran away on foot. The cab driver was not injured in the robbery.

Officers tried to search for the robber but could not find him.

Detectives continued the investigation and were able to identify Michael Pitts as the robber. Police say Pitts flagged down the cab driver near the 200 block of North 4th Avenue and asked for a ride to 9th Avenue and Lee Street.

Police say when the cab arrived at that intersection, Pitts put a knife to the cab drivers ribs and demanded money.

Widmer says Pitts was given an undisclosed amount of cash and took off through a nearby alley.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest and detectives say he might be involved in several other highway and business robberies around Tucson.

He is described as an African American male, 5'8'', 180 pounds with brown eyes, a goatee and tattoos on both arms.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.