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Accused taxi hijacker found asleep in cab: Police

  • Danny Canchola, Jr., CPD handout.
Danny Canchola, Jr., CPD handout.
December 16, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Chicago man was accused of hijacking a taxi cab in Logan Square early Sunday morning after police officers found him asleep in the cab, according to county prosecutors.

Danny Canchola, Jr., of the 5500 block of South Fransisco Avenue, was arrested at 6 a.m. near 900 South Plymouth Court after a cab driver identified him as the man who stole his taxi cab after climbing in without permission at a red light.

According to court records, Canchola jumped into the cab while it was stopped at a red light near the intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Rockwell Avenue, even though the 34-year-old cab driver told him he was off-duty.

The driver started driving because the light had changed and other cars were honking at him, prosecutors said, when Canchola began to punch him in the back of the head. The driver then called 911 and exited the cab, which Canchola drove off in, according to court records.

Police used the Blue Ribbon Cab company's GPS system to track the missing cab down to the South Loop, where  they found Canchola asleep in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Canchola was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and ordered held on $100,000 bond.

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