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Man, who robbed cabbie, pleads guilty; left ID in cab

May 16, 2019

STAMFORD — A city man who, police said, left his wallet in a cab after using a gun to rob $80 the driver of a Stamford cab pleaded guilty on Wednesday at the Stamford courthouse to armed robbery.

In return for his guilty plea, Jihad Amir, 48, will be sentenced to six years in jail and six years special parole when he returns to court in mid August for sentencing.

Amir’s attorney Howard Ehring explained that Amir’s actions in the early morning hours of Sept. 10, 2017 left little to be done with the case other than making a guilty plea to his charges. If the case was taken to trial and Amir was found guilty, he could have been sent to prison for up to 25 years.

According to police, a USA Taxi Driver picked up a man at the Stamford train station at about 3:40 a.m. and drove him to Southwood Square. When the driver arrived at the destination instead of being paid the $8 fair by the man, the passenger pulled a gun and demanded the driver’s money -all $80 of it.

After getting the money, the gunman walked away and the cabbie called police.

When investigators looked in the back of the cab they found a wallet on the seat and inside they found Amir’s identification card.

Investigators quickly realized that Amir was a former Stamford man who changed his name from Shawn King and he lived on Washington Avenue in Bridgeport.

Police quickly tracked him down and charged him with the armed robbery and he has remained in jail since.

Ehring explained that at the time of the robbery Amir was addicted to a number of drugs.

“Our office has had contact with Mr. Amir for a number of years. It’s the usual type of situation, and pretty sad because he has had poly-substance abuse difficulties and a difficult childhood and upbringing,” Ehring said.

“He is non-violent and entered his guilty plea and did not put the victim through the process of going through a trial. While he is in jail he is working on his drug difficulties. At his age he just wants to get his life in order and put it behind him.”

After serving his prison term, if he violates special parole, he can be brought back to jail without a hearing and be made to serve all or some of his remaining parole time in jail

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com