COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A third person has been arrested and charged with murdering a Columbus taxi cab driver in October 2016.
Police arrested and charged 21-year-old Jasmine Thomas on Tuesday with murder and armed robbery.
Jasmine Thomas is the third suspect to be taken into custody in a case centered around the senseless killing of an innocent man who was trying to make an honest living.
Also a former cab driver, Immel says safety is now one of their biggest concerns, as well as staying in contact with the many drivers positioned around the city.
Increased amount of concern following the murder of 50-year-old taxi cab driver Dewayne Chronister; only the latest murder of a cab driver in the Valley.
According to phone records obtained by police, Screws and Durden planned a robbery of the cab driver and that is was a setup.
Two days after the murder, police arrested 21-year-old Dontavis Screws. Police also arrested 22-year-old Devin Durden.
Immel says it's a tragic reminder for cab drivers all across the city.
"To be safe, watch residents, watch dark alleys, don't go to closed businesses, and be aware of your surroundings. Watch everything going on," said Immel.
Cab drivers in the Valley are reportedly no longer obligated to pick up passengers if they feel uncomfortable. As independent contractors, the driver now has the right to decide if they want to decline services or not.
Thomas is set to appear in Recorder's Court Thursday at 9 a.m.