A pregnant cab driver robbed of $60 in cash appeared Wednesday in Columbus Recorder's Court and testified on the day she was due to give birth.
Hubert L. Reliford, 39, is accused of grabbing the cash from City Cab driver Kywana Davis after getting a ride from her early Tuesday, police said. Arrested that morning, Reliford appeared Wednesday in court and pleaded not guilty to robbery and guilty to obstruction of an officer.
Police say Davis picked up Reliford about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday at the Circle K, 3274 Victory Drive. Davis said she first took Reliford to some apartments on Ticknor Drive before driving him to Wade Street and Sheridan Avenue.
Reliford then asked for change and Davis pulled out $60, Cpl. Casey Conrad testified.
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"When she pulled out about $60, he snatched it from her," he said.
Reliford ran from the area, and Davis called police. They met her at the intersection and took fingerprints from her car. She then returned to the Circle K where she first saw Reliford.
"He was standing outside the store like nothing happened," she said. "I asked, 'Why did you snatch my money?'"
Police then arrived at the convenience store, and Reliford ran from the area, Conrad said. He was caught after a brief foot chase and identified by Davis as the suspect.
Testifying in his own defense, Reliford said he faced the wrong charge.
"I never snatched no money from her," he said. "What I am guilty of is theft by deception and theft of services."
Senior Judge Michael Cielinski, however, chose to bind over Reliford's robbery and obstruction cases to Muscogee County Superior Court. He was given a $11,000 bond.
Standing outside of the courtroom after the hearing, Davis said her son, Kobe, was due that day.