Lynnwood

Sheriff: Man arrested for stripping, robbing, kidnapping cab driver

Sheriff: Man arrested for stripping, robbing, kidnapping cab driver
Eric T. Johnson

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- One of the two men wanted for beating a cab driver, stripping him naked and attempting to force him to withdraw money from an ATM at knifepoint earlier this month in Lynnwood has been arrested, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, 27-year-old Eric Johnson was picked out of a lineup by the 51-year-old victim and arrested for investigation of robbery and assault.

The Sheriff's Office is still trying to identify a second man involved in the crime.

On Dec. 3, the victim was sent to a residence in the 16600  block of Sixth Avenue West in Lynnwood to pick up two men. Once there, the men pulled him out of his car and attacked him with fists and a knife, according to probable-cause documents filed in Snohomish County.

According to the documents, the men forced the victim to strip naked and took his wallet, credit cards and $120 in cash.

The men then forced the victim to walk three blocks to a Circle K to withdraw cash from an ATM, punching and stabbing him and threatening his family along the way, according to the probable-cause documents.

The men ran off when the victim raised his voice and resisted in front of a store clerk at the Circle K.

The crime was caught on the Circle K's surveillance camera, leading to the identification of Johnson as one of the suspects.