Cops: Man threatened to shoot cabbie in dispute over fare
Published 5:04 pm, Monday, January 14, 2013
A man who police said refused to pay for a cab ride from Bridgeport to his Fairfield home early Saturday also threatened to shoot the driver and yelled racial slurs at him in the dispute over the fare, according to the report.
A Yellow Cab driver picked up Lars U. Soderstrom, 44, on Princeton Street in Bridgeport and drove him to Belmont Street around 3:20 a.m. Saturday, police said. As the cabbie turned onto Belmont, he told police Soderstrom became verbally aggressive, swearing and telling him he wouldn't pay the fare. Soderstrom got out of the cab, told the driver he was going to shoot him, and reached toward his waistband, according to the report. He also kicked the side of the cab and banged on the windows, police said, while shouting racist invective.
Soderstrom was not found to have any weapons, police said, but was charged with sixth-degree larceny, breach of peace, second-degree intimidation based on bigotry and threatening.
While at police headquarters, Soderstrom refused to be fingerprinted and was also charged with that. His bond was originally set at $5,000, but bond was later reduced to $500 around 11:30 a.m. and he was released. Police said Soderstrom had two addresses -- Belmont Street and Old Hill Farm Road in Westport.
He is scheduled to appear Jan. 22 in Bridgeport Superior Court.