16-Year-Old Pennsylvania Teenager Accused in Shooting Death of Cab Driver because Driver Wouldn’t Take his Route; says ‘That’s What I Do to People That Don’t Listen’

Aazis Richardson, 16, is charged with fatally shooting a taxi driver. Richardson told reporters he had told the driver to take a faster route. (Scranton Police)
Aazis Richardson, 16, is charged with fatally shooting a taxi driver. Richardson told reporters he had told the driver to take a faster route. (Scranton Police)

A 16-year-old boy in Scranton, Pa., is accused of fatally shooting a cab driver who refused to take a shortcut.

Speaking to reporters as he was led to court by police, Aazis Richardson, who was charged as an adult, said he told driver Vincent Darbenzio to take a quicker route early Friday.

“He didn’t want to listen, he got his [expletive] shot,” Richardson said, according to video of his exchange with reporters. Richardson told police that he felt the driver was intentionally running up the meter.

He is accused of firing two shots into the back of Darbenzio’s head and then fleeing with about $500 from Darbenzio’s pocket.

When asked by reporters if he had an explanation, Richardson responded: “Cause that’s what I do to people that don’t listen.”

On Friday night, Richardson was arraigned on murder and robbery charges. “I feel my homies die, everybody got to die,” Richardson said to television cameras.

Darbenzio, 47, had started driving for McCarthy Flowered Cabs about a month ago, said his brother James Darbenzio.

“He was a good man, a master mechanic,” James Darbenzio, 51, told the Los Angeles Times by phone from Scranton. “He used to work across town at a garage, but he quit his job and he loved the new one. It was all he talked about — the funny people and the stuff they would do on rides.”

Darbenzio is also survived by another brother and a sister.

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Source: The LA Times | PARESH DAVE

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