Teen Tries to Rob Cab Driver at Gunpoint, Gets Shot With His Own Weapon

A teenager tried to rob a cab driver at gunpoint, but ended up getting shot with his own weapon, authorities said.

Deputies responded to a robbery call in Aloha, Oregon at around 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The cab driver told deputies that he had picked up Josiah Johnson in Gresham, but because the 18-year-old had requested to travel to Aloha, which is around 30 miles away, the driver asked him for collateral or payment up front.

Johnson voluntarily gave the driver his cell phone and the cab drove him to a home near the intersection of SW 188th Court and SW Farmington Road.

The sheriff's office said that when the cab arrived at the destination, Johnson tried to pay the driver with a fake $100 bill. However, the cab driver immediately recognized the bill was counterfeit.

Josiah Johnson
Josiah Johnson was arrested after he tried to rob a cab driver at gunpoint, the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon said. Washington County Sheriff's Office

At this point, the cab driver was still in possession of Johnson's cell phone and had not been paid the fare, the sheriff's office said.

Then, Johnson "pulled a gun out and pointed it at the back of the cab driver's head," the sheriff's office said.

He was also yelling at the cab driver, but the man was unable to understand him.

"The cab driver told deputies he saw an opportunity to grab the gun from Mr. Johnson, so he did," the sheriff's office said. "A struggle occurred over the gun, and during the struggle, the gun discharged—striking Mr. Johnson."

The bullet entered Johnson's left hip and exited out of his left buttocks, the sheriff's office said.

Both Johnson and the cab driver then exited the vehicle but the struggle continued. "The cab driver was able to get the gun away from Mr. Johnson, throw it away from both of them, and yell for help," the sheriff's office said.

The residents of a nearby home heard the commotion and came out to see what was happening. They helped the cab driver hold down Johnson and called 911, the sheriff's office said, and deputies arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.

Johnson was arrested and transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

He was then booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of robbery in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of a controlled substance.

Johnson was shot with his own weapon, authorities said. They released this picture of a firearm after the incident. Washington County Sheriff's Office