Man Arrested For Murder Of Cab Driver In North Mpls

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Police have made an arrest in the murder of a cab driver back on March 14.

Authorities said 20-year-old Samual Johosephat Taylor turned himself into police at about 9 p.m. Tuesday in connection with the incident.

William Harper was shot to death just after 10 p.m. on March 14 near the intersection of 23rd Avenue North and 4th Street North in Minneapolis.

The car involved was a Yellow Cab, which is part of Taxi Services, Inc., which is the largest cab company in the Twin Cities with more than 400 cars.

Taylor is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail on probable cause murder.

Minneapolis Police Sergeant Stephen McCarty said Taylor was talked into surrendering.

“There was some persuasion perhaps from his family members (and) members of the community,” McCarty said. “We’re just grateful that he turned himself in.  It helps bring resolution to the victim’s family.”

McCarty said investigators are looking at the possibility of a couple of different motives for the killing, including robbery.

Evidence at the scene of the killing, and witness accounts lead investigators to believe that Taylor is the person responsible for William Harper’s death, according to McCarty.  He would not say what that evidence is.

The case has been handed over to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for criminal charges. The incident remains under investigation.

  • Frank Z

    Poor young man was just turning his life around, yeah right. Who ever does not have a permit to carry now days is either a criminal or a moron or quite possibility both. You owe it to yourselves and loved ones to protect them.

    We live in a very violent world that some will not admit to.

    You ain’t seen nothing yet. The SIATHTF

    • Roundhouse

      I am not sure what the rules for cabbies are if they can carry or not. I think awareness of your surroundings is key plus I think you should use all the tools in the toolbox that are legally afforded to you, to bad this turned out the way it did. Not the first time a cabbie has been attacked, killed or robbed.

    • Research

      Agreed. We pay for all kinds of insurance. A gun is pretty cheap and is a tool to insure your well being. People, including myself, look down upon a gun but I am realizing it is just a tool like any tool. Going to get my permit in the next month here. Too many idiots. And it doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in. You also have to drive in neighborhoods you don’t know at times.

  • Life

    Very sad for both men involved. One is dead, the other may as well be.

  • rod julius

    Kevin b right

  • Dave

    What’s this, someone from outside the neighborhood causing problems in North?

  • Joel

    I hope the forum gets closed up myself. ;-)

    • lovely part of town

      @Joel, read a comic book if such little things bother you.

  • fitswell

    and you my friend are an a–

  • Real Deal

    Donut eaters , wow a original one by yours truly the cop hater. And for your info it’s bagels now they like.

    • Ratso Rizzo Gimme Some Soup

      Bear Claws.

  • Death

    U & Keven should move intogether. @ least U won’t breed then. Try useing some facts somtime.

  • lovely part of town

    We need another candlelight vigil.

  • Dale

    O SNAP! Someone be not no snitchin. Dayum!

  • Kevin

    Aint diversity grand?? Unless your a cab driver…….!!!!!

  • Brett

    Roh, roh, somebody snitched.

  • Deep Thinker

    Kevin & Bill Clintons Cigar….sitting in a tree…k i s s i n g…first comes love & then comes marriage….next comes Kevin telling Bill Clintons Cigar to get off my side.

    • Michael Clark


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