PRESS RELEASE, 9/18/2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in cab driver abduction

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Charles Black (DOB 6-3-82) in the September 8th abduction of cab driver Mulugeta Shiferaw.  Black is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1), 1 count of Robbery (Felony 2), 3 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 2 counts of Kidnapping (Felony 1) and 1 count of Failure to Comply with an Order of Signal of a Police Officer (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 68 years in prison.

Mr. Shiferaw was driving his West Side Cab on September 8 when he received a call to pick up Black somewhere in the downtown/Over-the Rhine area.  At some point, Black locked Shiferaw in the trunk of the cab and kept him there for approximately 10 hours.  The police were contacted when Mr. Shiferaw’s fellow cabbies could not locate him.  The police pursued the vehicle twice for a total of approximately 22-24 minutes and finally stopped the cab at approximately 7:00 p.m. when Black crashed in Elmwood, Ohio.   Black ran from the cab but the police were able to apprehend him at 601 Township in Elmwood.  Mr. Shiferaw was found in the trunk of the cab with serious injuries. He remains hospitalized and is expected to be permanently disabled as a result of his abduction.

Today’s charges include charges for the Aggravated Robbery, Robbery and Felonious Assault of Mr. Shiferaw as well as 2 Felonious Assault charges for attempting to hit 2 Springfield Township officers involved in the pursuit.  They were attempting to deploy stop sticks when Black drove near them and attempted to run them down with his vehicle.  Neither officer was hurt in this incident.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, “I cannot imagine anything more horrible than being stuffed in a dark, airless, tight space for 10 hours.  Black, only recently out of prison, should go back to prison for the rest of his life.”