Cab Driver Charged With Kidnapping Passenger

QUINCY (CBS) – A cab driver from Waltham faces kidnapping charges for allegedly not letting a woman out of his taxi over the weekend.

Police say Osei Kwame picked up a couple in Boston early Saturday morning.

He brought them to North Quincy, but police say Kwame took them to the wrong address.

An argument started and when one of the passengers got out of the cab to pay the fare, Kwame allegedly drove off with the woman still inside.

She called 911.

Listen: 911 Call

Here is a partial transcript of the call:

Operator: 911, this line is recorded. What is your emergency?

Caller: Hi, please help me. I’m in a taxi that will not let me out of the taxi in Quincy.

Operator: OK. Where are you in Quincy?

Caller: I just passed Neponset and I was by Quincy Center, passing some fire station or gas station, I can’t tell. Please help me. I’m at Furnace Brook Parkway. Please help, and they’re driving really fast and they won’t let me out of the taxi. Please help.

The woman yelled at the driver, “Let me out of this taxi!” and told the dispatcher “He’s driving like 70 miles an hour.”

Caller: I tried to get out. My friend got out of the taxi and he shut the door and he kept driving. He just kept driving. He won’t let me out.

“He’s running a red light,” she continued.  “This is crazy. He’s not even stopping for the cops. Oh my God (crying). Please help me. Please help me.”

An officer spotted the cab on the Neponset Bridge, stopped Kwame and arrested him.

The woman stayed on the line and thanked the 911 dispatcher profusely.

Kwame is charged with kidnapping, operating to endanger, and failure to stop for police.

He was arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court and ordered held on $750 bail.

WBZ News Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports on the alleged kidnapping

Kwame’s relatives and his defense attorney claim the passengers did not want to pay, so Kwame turned on his “trouble lights” and was heading back to where he picked them up.

“He’s a good person, a Christian person and a responsible person,” Kwame’s friend William Kwakye-Drkwah told WBZ-TV.

Top Cab in Revere released this statement about Kwame: “Osei Kwame is one of the top drivers in our fleet, he is honest and one of the most reliable people in our fleet. We want to see how it plays out in the courts. We have talked with him and we have no comment on what happened that night.”

  • Ellen

    Why didn’t the cab driver call the police himself it this couple would not pay instead of driving around and around with the woman in the back seat screaming her lungs out.

  • Tony

    That might be just be the way non paying passengers are delt with in his native country.

  • Craig

    This gut needs his cab license revoked and needs to go to jail too.

  • Seasons

    I bet the cab driver didn’t speak english or even understand english.

  • steve

    i’m sure in many people eyes he’s the victim

  • allym457

    that’s just terrible the poor woman. How terrified must she have been. I hope he loses his hack license this is just uncalled for. I don’t care what a nice person he is, he comimited a crime and must answer for it.

  • Prince

    Oh this poor couple who refused to pay for their cab fare…. please… Their story makes no sense. First, why would the male passenger get out of the cab without paying (they claim they were getting out to pay) and second, why would an argument ensue if the passengers were simply paying the cab driver. The answer is simple, the “victims” are lying. The were trying to get a free ride and they ended up with more than they bargained for. In response to the comment about “his native country”… In our country you have to pay for services rendered.

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  • Cynic

    How many people know about the Trouble Lights on the Cabs? If everyone knew about them there should have been several calls to 911 about the CABBIE IN TROUBLE.Imagine him driving with his lights on thinkingg that someone was calling in for him when in reality no one called because no one knows what the lights are.

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