Taxi driver uses legal gun to defend against ice pick attack
Gates, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester taxi driver says he was forced to pull a gun to protect him from a passenger who tried to attack him with an ice pick.
"I believe she would have killed me had if i had been close enough to her," said Collin Green, the man who drove the taxi.
According to Gates Police, 39-year-old Katrina Green has was charged with menacing and other violations Monday night. She shares the same name with the taxi driver, but they are not related.
Collin Green says he drove his passenger to four or five different addresses. When it became clear, she did not have the money to pay him, he took out his phone and threatened to call 911. He says the passenger also got out with something in her hands.
"She had the ice pick and was coming towards me, so I started backing up and she kept coming," Collin Green said.
He had only to look to his missing rear window for evidence of the level of he was potentially facing.
"She stabbed it here and here and here," Collin said while demonstrating where Katrina hit his vehicle. "There was three different breaks in the window."
Four years ago, Collin was attacked while driving his cab and was stabbed 13 times. From that he learned two lessons: to register and carry a gun, and to respect its power.
As Collin was backing away from the ice pick, he pulled out the gun, then took a deep breath.
"I was like, 'Look, don't come any further. Don't make me do this. I don't want to have to hurt you,'" Collin said.
He said his goal was to stay calm and put some distance between them.
It worked. She paused and he jumped into his taxi and drove away.
"The guy did everything correct," said Lt. Jon Ballard of Gates Police. "He used his handgun to protect himself but didn't go above and beyond to protect himself."
Green was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and theft of services. The criminal mischief charges may be upgraded pending an estimate of damages for the rear window.
Collin Green says that as a victim of an attack he learned that life is precious.
"You have to do everything to spare a life. You cannot abuse power."