GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Late Sunday evening, taxi driver Avon Bailey was robbed at knifepoint on Vance Street in Greensboro.
Bailey, who has been a cab driver for only three months, says two young men hailed his car on Orchard Street around 11:30 p.m.
He drove them to their desired location on Vance Street, where the men grabbed him from behind, held a knife to his throat and demanded his wallet.
He complied and the men made off with $167 in cash.
Bailey says the men were visibly nervous and clearly not seasoned criminals. But he didn't put up a fight because he knew his safety was more important.
"Growing up around here, I know, the best thing is just to make sure you’re safe," he said. "They were young, just trying to get a quick buck."
Normally, Bailey says he does not pick up street hails and only picks up passengers who have phoned into dispatch first.
"From now on, I'm not picking up a flag-down. That's what they call flag-down, when someone stops you on the side of the road," he said. "If you haven’t called the office, you won't get a ride from me."
Bailey did not receive any injuries from the incident. He was back at work today as usual.
If you have any information that could help police find the two men who did this, call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.