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Woodbury man charged with robbing taxi driver at gunpoint

A Woodbury man allegedly robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint who was taking him to Cottage Grove in late November.

Cameron T. Lloyd, 18, is charged with first- and second-degree robbery for allegedly stealing a GPS unit, $350 in cash and a cell phone from the driver, who was taking him and three friends from Woodbury to a residence in the 8100 block of Belden Boulevard just after midnight Nov. 22.

According to the Washington County District Court complaint, Lloyd was sitting in the front, passenger seat of the cab, and the friends were in back. Lloyd allegedly brandished what the driver believed to be a handgun, placed it at the driver's neck, and demanded he hand over everything he had, according to the complaint.

The driver told police the suspects ran toward some houses after the robbery, and so police searched the area to find them, according to the complaint. An officer noticed a group of men in front of a garage at a home in the 8200 block of Grange Boulevard, and shined his squad car spotlight toward them. A man who fit the description the driver had given of the robber turned and ran, jumping over a fence into the home's back yard when the light shined on him, according to the court complaint.

The officer ran toward the fence, but couldn't find the man, but he noticed that a service door to the home's garage was open, the complaint says.

A woman came out of the house and told police that only she and her siblings were inside the house and that she didn't want police to go inside, the complaint says. Officers gave verbal commands for everyone inside the house to come out. Eventually 20 to 25 people came out of the house. Police pat searched them and took them to Fire Station No. 1 where the driver was waiting inside a squad car. Police then paraded some of them in front of the squad car spotlight and asked the driver if he recognized any of them. The driver picked out Lloyd as the man who had held the gun to his neck, and a 15-year-old boy as one of the passengers in back.

Police then got a search warrant for the home on Grange Boulevard. They found a black paintball gun, which could have been mistaken for a handgun, a cell phone found to be the driver's, the driver's license of the cab driver and a GPS unit that matched the driver's description.

Lloyd is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court on Dec. 7.

He is charged with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines, and one count of second-degree aggravated robbery, for w