No Bail for Surviving Suspect in Attempted Armed Robbery in New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD — The surviving suspect in a deadly attempted armed robbery of a New Bedford cab driver last week is being held without bail.
Kyle Dawson, 28, of 28 Bentley Street, Apt. 1, along with Christopher Dunton, 24, of New Bedford, allegedly tried to rob the cabbie at knifepoint in the early morning hours of Friday, August 10. The two men had hailed the cab on Cottage Street, and rode to Bentley Street in the North End. As the taxi came to a stop outside of Dawson's home, Dunton allegedly placed the driver in a choke hold as the two men held a knife to the man and demanded money.
The Yellow Cab Company driver told police he was able to escape the choke hold and retreive his firearm in time to fire several shots into the back seat, fatally striking Dunton four times. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn says the driver has a license to carry a firearm, and the investigation is examining whether the shooting was in self-defense.
Dawson allegedly fled the scene and was captured shortly after noon on Friday.
The driver suffered minor injuries during the attempted robbery.
Dawson is charged with armed assault with intent to commit robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held until a dangerousness hearing on August 20 in New Bedford District Court.