Dying cabbie asked for help

From Staff ReportsApril 24, 2008 

  • Hear the 911 call made by one of the victim's co-workers.

— The cab driver who was stabbed around midnight Monday managed to alert a fellow cab driver of the assault, who then told police where to find him, according to a recorded 911 call.

Despite his efforts, Sabiu Tuker, the owner of Raleigh's Excel Cab Co., died of his injuries after being taken to WakeMed.

Tuker was in telephone contact with a friend and fellow cab driver after the stabbing -- it's not clear who called whom -- and the friend dialed 911 to notify authorities that Tuker had been stabbed after picking up a fare on Burgundy Street, off Raleigh Boulevard in East Raleigh. Police are barred by law from identifying 911 callers, and officials at Excel Cab declined to identify the cab driver.

As he was talking to the 911 dispatcher, the friend drove his cab to Burgundy Street and searched for Tuker.

"I don't see anybody here," he tells the dispatcher. Soon afterward he can be heard asking: "45 [Tuker's cab number], where are you? 45, where are you?"

But the friend was persistent. He apparently radioed Tuker and found that his friend was a few blocks away, in the 1100 block of Brighton Road.

Police charged Joseph Emmanuel Caldwell, 24, of Raleigh with murder and armed robbery. Davin Jerome Heard, 28, also of Raleigh, was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Caldwell and Heard are being held in the Wake County jail.

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