A taxi driver was robbed at knife point in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture on Sunday, police said Monday. According to police, the male perpetrator apparently feigned reaching into his pocket to pay the fare for a woman the driver had picked up, before producing a knife, brandishing it at the 46-year-old driver, and demanding cash. The robber made off with approximately 160,000 yen, police said.
According to police, the woman, an associate of the man, got into the cab from a taxi stand about a kilometer from JR Funabashi train station at around 1:15 p.m. and told the driver she was meeting someone at her destination.
The two fled in a separate car after the robbery. Police say the man was bald-headed and wore corrective lenses, and the woman was noticeably thin with shoulder-length brown hair. Both appeared to be in their 20s.© Compiled from news reports