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Man charged with May 13 cab driver shooting

A Buffalo man was charged Wednesday with shooting a cab driver during a May 13 holdup on Clay Street in Black Rock and robbing two other people.

Jason Williams, 18, pleaded not guilty in Erie County Court to second-degree attempted murder, five counts of first-degree robbery and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Williams is accused of shooting and robbing a 24-year-old Liberty Cab Company driver and a friend who was riding with him in the front seat, according to Assistant District Attorney John Patrick Feroleto.

The cabbie, who had been on the job for two months, was critically injured and hospitalized in a coma, but he eventually recovered and was released, the prosecutor said. The other victim was treated at Erie County Medical Center and released the next morning.

A second suspect has not been apprehended.

Williams also is charged with robbing a woman of her cellphone and money on Grant Street shortly before the cabbie shooting, then using the cellphone to call the cab, Feroleto said.

He also is accused of robbing a man of money and jewelry May 8 in a Buffalo apartment building and stealing his car May 16.

Judge Thomas P. Franczyk ordered Williams held without bail.

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