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Published: Saturday, 2/18/2006

New Riegel man guilty of robbing taxi driver

TIFFIN A New Riegel, Ohio, man was convicted yesterday of robbing a Tiffin cab driver and threatening him with a knife.

Ryan L. Keefe, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, abduction, and disrupting public services during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday by Judge Steve Shuff.

County Prosecutor Ken Egbert, Jr., said taxi driver Kevin Zartman of Tiffin drove Keefe and a juvenile to Oakley Park on Dec. 11.

When they arrived, Keefe pulled out a folding knife, held it at the driver s throat, and threatened him.

Keefe cut the cord to the cab s radio microphone, then took $30 and the taxi s car keys and fled.

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