A taxi driver and father of five was murdered in Los Angeles over the weekend, and his ruthless killer is still on the loose.
Authorities say Erasmo Amaral, 56, was carjacked and stabbed around 1:45 a.m. near Imperial Highway and Atlantic Avenue, but the stabbing didn’t stop him from hanging onto his cab for dear life and trying to stop the carjacker. Investigators say the suspect was trying to throw Erasmo off the side of the cab by sideswiping other vehicles for more than a mile. Sadly, the victim was found lying on the road and was pronounced dead on location. Authorities believe the motive was robbery and the suspect was last seen fleeing from the scene on foot. As of right now there is not a good suspect description, but police are still asking for tips on this case.
I came across an older OSHA report last night that said taxicab drivers are 60 times more likely than other workers to be murdered on the job.
Let’s bring justice for Erasmo and his family. If you know anything, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500