Discarded Gatorade bottle leads to arrest of alleged serial Mpls cabbie robber Tonio Weaver

Tonio Weaver
Tonio Weaver

Tonio Weaver, 22, allegedly used a knife to rob five Minneapolis cabbies between June 18 and June 20. But he was arrested thanks to a Gatorade bottle.

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The first of the five robberies occurred after Weaver was picked up at a Cub Foods at 4:30 a.m. on June 18. According to authorities, when the Red and White cab stopped on the 1800 block of East 26th Street, Weaver told the driver, "I don't want to hurt you. Give me all your money." He left with $45, but without the Gatorade he was holding when he was picked up.

Prints on the bottle matched Weaver's, and he was arrested at a north Minneapolis home yesterday morning.

Authorities say Weaver robbed two Red and White cabs, a Blue and White cab, a New Star Taxi driver, and a Yellow Taxi.

Weaver has been booked into Hennepin County Jail at least a half-dozen times since 2009, the Star Tribune reports. He's been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with the first robbery, and charges related to the other four may still be forthcoming.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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