Teenager charged with stabbing Youngstown cab driver

Desiree Byrd, 18, is charged with aggravated robbery and attempted murder

Desiree Byrd, charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery in Youngstown taxi cab driver stabbing


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An 18-year-old woman has been charged with the stabbing of a taxi cab driver on Monday.

Desiree Byrd was arrested in downtown Youngstown Friday morning by the U.S. Marshals. She is charged with aggravated robbery and attempted murder and is being booked into the Mahoning County Jail.

Police said Mark Haag, an Independent Radio Taxi driver, was stabbing after picking up two men and a woman from a home on Ivanhoe Avenue just after 11 p.m. Monday.

When the three got into the cab, Haag told them they had to pay up front and said that is when one of the men in the backseat attacked him and the other pulled a gun on him.

Haag said the woman, now identified as Byrd, was sitting in the front seat and threatened to kill him. During a scuffle with the gun, Haag said he was stabbed by the woman in the stomach. He is now recovering from his injuries.

Police said Byrd is also charged with robbing another tax cab driver on Saturday.

Police have not yet identified the other men involved in the alleged robbery but continue to investigate.

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