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Cabbie pulls over, her fare allegedly tried to rob gas station, Madison police say

July 14, 2018

A Madison cab driver did some quick thinking after being informed by police the man in her taxi just tried to rob a gas station: she acted like the car had mechanical problems and pulled over.

Emil Jagodinsky, 65, Rhinelander, was taken into custody on tentative charged of attempted robbery with threat of force and disorderly conduct, Madison police said.

The incident happened at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday at a Mobil gas station, 699 S.Whitney Way.

Jagodinsky allegedly got out of the cab at the gas station, then got back into the cab shortly thereafter, but the driver didn’t know what happened in between.

“An employee of the gas station told police the man got into the cab so the driver was called by police,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “She was unaware of any criminal wrongdoing.”

Jagodinsky allegedly was yelling profanities and making threats while demanding money from the register, but he left without getting any cash when another customer entered the store.

The cab driver, once she knew about the crime, pulled over near Camp Randall Stadium, with officers arriving to make the arrest.

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