Two men in custody after another taxi cab stolen at gunpoint

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Two men in custody after another taxi cab stolen at gunpoint

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 8:52 AM

BOISE -- Two men are in custody after an overnight police chase with a stolen cab.

Twenty-year-old Dustin Meuser and 25-year-old Justin Cosner both face multiple charges including armed robbery and grand theft. Meuser also faces five counts of aggravated assault on an officer.

Boise Police say a Boise City Taxi driver picked up two men around 11:30 p.m. at a business on North Milwaukee Street. That's when the two men pulled a gun on him and told him to drive to Kuna. That's where they dropped him off before stealing his wallet and taxi. The cab driver alerted police of the robbery at 11:50 p.m.

The stolen taxi cab has a GPS and around 12:15 a.m. police spotted the stolen taxi in downtown Boise, but the driver wouldn't stop. Police say he rammed several police cars as the cab headed south on 9th Street. They say the cab hit two patrol cars head-on and backed into a third.

"It was bumper cars going south on Ninth Street with the suspects vehicle purposely ramming those patrol cars," said Boise Police spokesperson Lynn Hightower.

Scott McCurdy with Boise City Taxi says he spoke to his driver Thursday morning about what happened.

"We were both in tears actually in my office, the poor man is scared to death, but physically he's going to be okay," said McCurdy. "They took him on a ride, 40 minutes - he estimated half hour to 40 minutes, put him in the backseat, put a hoodie over his head, held him at gunpoint, put him in a ditch me to kneel down and say his prayers."

In all, they say four patrol cars were damaged before the stolen cab was boxed and stopped on South Capitol Boulevard near the Boise Depot at 12:20 a.m. No officers were injured, but police say Meuser was injured enough to go to the hospital. He was treated and released.

This comes just one day after an ABC taxi was reported stolen at gunpoint. Boise Police say Meuser and Cosner have been identified as the suspects in that case.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

A check by KTVB found that both men have criminal histories. 

We reported in 2009 that Cosner was arrested in Ada County and charged with attempted murder for stabbing his roommate.  He later struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery.  For that crime he spent three years in prison.  Correction officials say Cosner was released on Nov. 7, 2013.

We found out that Meuser was a suspect in a case out of Kuna.  Two men, including Meuser, were accused of stealing at least seven firearms from a Kuna home in November of 2012.  The guns were later found in the Kuna Caves.  According to court records, Meuser spent time in jail and was put on probation for 10 years for burglary and ordered to pay restitution.

Meuser was in court Thursday afternoon where he faced nearly a dozen felony charges for overnight incident. His bond was set at $1 million.

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