Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man jailed after cabbie attack faces other charges

ST. PETERSBURG — The cabdriver who picked up the three men on 31st Street N near Haines Road about 3 a.m. Sunday did not like them smoking in his car. They were drinking, too. So he told them to get out.

Instead, one of the men belted him, Pinellas County deputies said. Then, a sheriff's spokeswoman said, the same passenger jumped out of the cab, ran around the car to the driver's window and smacked the cabbie again.

"People in the area heard the noise and came over and they were able to hold the man until we arrived," sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said Monday.

Deputies arrested Edward R. Polmanteer, 57, and charged him with more than just battery on the cabdriver. As it turned out, Polmanteer, a transient whose tattoos include one of movie monster Freddy Krueger, was a wanted man, classified as a fugitive by the state Department of Corrections.

Polmanteer was supposed to register in Pasco County as a sex offender but did not, deputies said. So he was charged with that felony, as well as with violating probation. The deputies also charged him with giving a false name and failure to appear on a petty theft charge.

Barreda said the cabdriver from Independent Taxi was taken to Columbia Northside Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which were not life-threatening. Meanwhile Polmanteer remained in the Pinellas County Jail late Monday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Violence against taxi drivers has been on the rise this year. St. Petersburg police have been investigating the deaths of two cab drivers killed in recent months. Most years, an average of 17 cabbies are stuck up in St. Petersburg, but so far this year 16 have been robbed, prompting police to announce in July the formation of a "cab crime watch."

Man jailed after cabbie attack faces other charges 09/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 4, 2008 4:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. In advertising, marketing diversity needs a boost in Tampa Bay, nationally


    TAMPA — Trimeka Benjamin was focused on a career in broadcast journalism when she entered Bethune-Cookman University.

    From left, Swim Digital marketing owner Trimeka Benjamin discusses the broad lack of diversity in advertising and marketing with 22 Squared copywriter Luke Sokolewicz, University of Tampa advertising/PR professor Jennifer Whelihan, Rumbo creative director George Zwierko and Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency. The group recently met at The Bunker in Ybor City.
  2. Kushner to testify before two intelligence committees


    WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to make a second appearance on Capitol Hill — he will speak with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, one day after he is scheduled to speak with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators behind closed doors.

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. [Associated Press]
  3. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  4. Exhumation of Dalí's remains finds his mustache still intact


    FIGUERES, Spain — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dalí's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dalí's vast estate.

    Salvador Dal? died in 1989 leaving vast estate.
  5. Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show


    WASHINGTON — Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, current and former U.S. …

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation after meetings with an ambassador were revealed.