Reward offered in cab-jacking

Abandoned taxi later found in Vancouver

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Portland police and the Crime Stoppers of Oregon program announced Monday that a $1,000 reward is being offered to help bring a suspect in a taxi cab-jacking to justice.

The June 4 incident occurred in downtown Portland, and the stolen cab was later recovered in Vancouver.

According to police, the driver of a Broadway Cab was accosted 9:05 p.m. on the Morrison Street Bridge. The suspect ran up to the cab, which was stopped in traffic, jumped into the passenger seat, and began assaulting him. The cabbie got out of the car to defend himself when the assailant slid behind the wheel and drove away.

Three paying passengers in the cab got out of the back seat before the thief fled with the cab.

Police identified the suspect in the incident as Ronald Heasley, 42, who is believed to be somewhere in the Portland-Vancouver area. He is described as a white man, 5 feet 4 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers, 503-823-4357, or leave a tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php, or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip.