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Man robs taxi drivers by threatening them with syringe infected with HIV

By Mason White 4:21 PM March 20, 2017
David Purcell
David Purcell
By: Mason White

A man terrorized multiple taxi drivers by using a syringe that he claimed was infected with HIV, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Now, the Halesowen man who robbed taxi drivers in the area, has been put behind bars for seven years.

31-year-old David Purcell was sentenced after being convicted of two counts of robbery at the Wolverhampton Crown Court, after he threatened the drivers during armed robberies.

Purcell from Hamilton Avenue, got into the first taxi on Cloister Drive, where he held what he claimed was a used syringe infected with HIV, to the taxi driver’s neck, and demanded money.

The terrified man handed over cash and Purcell then fled on foot. He did exactly the same thing on the second occasion, this time on Shenstone Avenue.

Fortunately, neither driver was injured in the robberies.

Officers traced Purcell after working with the owner of the cab firm and linking the phone number they had been called on by the offender to the phone owned by Purcell.

It was found in his possession when he was later arrested.

DC Sean Lowe, who led the investigation, said: “These serious offences understandably caused a lot of concern amongst cab drivers in the area, who feared the offender would strike again.

“Mobile phone cell site data was collected for both the offences, which put Purcell at the locations, and coupled with positive identification by the brave victims, we were able to get this result.

“I hope the news that he has been taken off the streets for such a long time offers reassurance both to drivers and to the community.”