A cab driver who was threatened by a passenger with what turned out to be a replica gun rammed his car into the suspected robber and knocked him to the ground unconscious, police said.
The cab driver first picked up a man near Palm Street and Florida Avenue in Hemet just before 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hemet Police Department.
Once the driver got to the 200 block of Downen Street, the passenger told the driver to stop, brandished what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money, police said.
The driver complied, and the alleged robber got out of the cab and walked toward the back of the car.
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The driver, who feared for his safety, saw the man behind the car and put the cab in reverse, striking him and knocking him to the ground, police said. The driver got out of his cab and took away the man's gun, which officers said turned out to be fake, before he called police.
Officers arrived to find a man unconscious on the ground, but said he is expected to survive from a head injury. He was identified as 33-year-old Wayne Morgan, of Hemet, who will face charges of robbery, defrauding an innkeeper and violation of probation.
A search for Morgan in the Riverside County inmate booking system did not display any results. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.