SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A man accused of robbing a Springfield cab driver, putting a knife to his throat and forcing him into the trunk of the cab has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and been bound over for arraignment on charges of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action, kidnapping and tampering with a motor vehicle.
Christopher L. Carman, 23, is to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 in Associated Circuit Court Judge Dan Imhof’s courtroom in Greene County, according to online court records.
A probable cause statement filed in the case says the driver of the cab stopped on East Kearney St. on Aug. 10 to pick up two men who asked for a ride to Eldon.
Following this, the two men allegedly assaulted the driver, who is unnamed, robbed him and forced him into the trunk of the cab, the statement says. As the subjects drove away in the cab, the cab driver was able to find the trunk release lever inside the trunk and escape.
Once freed, he ran to the nearest convenience store and contacted the police.
According to the driver, the two men told him not to fight after they put a knife to his throat. They asked where his wallet was, took it and even searched his shoes for any hidden money.
Police later located the cab at 2233 N. Jefferson and took fingerprints from the vehicle into evidence.
Almost a month later, police received a tip that led them to Carman of Springfield. On Oct. 8, a lab report came to police, showing a set of fingerprints from the cab belonged to Carman, who was arrested on Oct. 25. He denied any involvement in the incident.
According to the statement, after an officer told Carman he knew he was involved in the robbery and planned to present charges Carman said the only reason he participated was because the other man made him. It was a “life or death” situation, says the statement.
Carman says the other man put the knife to his throat and made him help with the robbery, according to the statement.
The other man has not been charged and, per KOLR10’s policy, will not be named.