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Two men arrested when Hillsborough deputy sees them beat cabbie

TAMPA — Two men leaving the Channel District, one of them a substitute teacher, beat a cab driver early Sunday morning because he didn't know the address of the place they wanted to go to, authorities said.

Christopher Bergman and Cody Brunquell, both 22, face charges of aggravated battery.

Yellow Cab driver Ahmed Soliman told them he didn't know where they wanted him to go, said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

So Bergman, she said, got out of the car and punched Soliman through the open driver's window. Soliman got out of the car, she said, and Brunquell followed. Both passengers began hitting the driver — right around the time a Hillsborough deputy happened to drive by, she said.

Bergman became a substitute teacher in October but has not been in the classroom, said Hillsborough school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe.

And he won't, she said. The district has told him his services won't be needed.

Two men arrested when Hillsborough deputy sees them beat cabbie 10/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 6:22pm]

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