This guy has a history that should have never resulted in him still driving a cab in the first place.
Taxi driver had earlier Metro traffic charges - The Tennessean – 2/20/2007
He’s charged with trying to run over two passengers
A Nashville taxi driver accused of trying to run over two students after a heated discussion over religion Sunday had at least two other run-ins with police during the past year, including a high-speed chase through downtown Nashville.
Ibrahim Ahmed, 37, is charged with attempted criminal homicide after police said he hit Ohio student Jeremie Invus with his United Cab Co. van about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. Another student, Andrew Nelson of Dayton, Ohio, dodged the van as it sped toward them.
Both students had been passengers in the cab.
Ahmed was accused in November 2006 of leading police on a chase down Broadway in downtown Nashville while in his taxi. During the chase, which ended on Interstate 65 north over the Cumberland River, Ahmed hit speeds of 100 mph before striking another vehicle, according to an affidavit.
He also was charged in June 2006 with driving on a suspended license and failing to stop his taxi for police, after officers said they saw Ahmed run a flashing red light on Demonbreun Street.
According to an affidavit, Ahmed had to be pulled out of the taxi after he refused to get out of the vehicle.
United Cab office manager Cherrie Machado said Ahmed had worked at that company only “two or three days” before Sunday’s incident and that company officials did not know of his prior offenses. It was not immediately clear what company he worked for previously.
“Evidently we need to work on our policy,” she said. “We’ve not had a situation like this before. We want to keep our drivers safe and our passengers safe ? that’s our policy.
“We may just need to do some further screening on our own instead of depending on the licensing board.”
And to boot, the tags on Ahmed’s van were stolen.
It has already been discovered from speaking with Ibrahim Ahmed’s friends, that he is a Muslim from Somalia. The Tennessean newspaper still has not figured that out yet, but they did find that the 2 people Ibrahim Ahmed allegedly attempted to murder are Christians.
Although Ahmed’s religion was not known, Metro police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said one of the students is Catholic and the other is Lutheran. She said she did not know which was which.
So a Catholic and a Lutheran get in a taxi with a Muslim driver who attempts to kill them. Now we see which really is the religion of peace. It seems they were probably trying to help Ahmed realize Jesus is the way to salvation and things got heated to the point of attempted murder, simply because the Muslim was offended. Should we really be surprised, that a Somalian Muslim would attempt to kill some Christians, that might have spoken out for their faith and against Islam? After all, Muslims kill Christians in Somalia on a regular basis.
Oh, but Ahmed’s friends say he was a respected member of their community.
update 2/20/2007 1:42PM: This guy (Ibrahim Ahmed) has a story that only looks worse the deeper the media digs into it. I’ve noticed that some media outlets are continuing investigations to find more of this information, while others have stopped reporting about this. You really have to put together what the different news companies are finding in order to get a clear picture.
Now the cab company says he was not an employee of theirs and they fired him last year because of the high speed chase mentioned above. Before they said he was a new hire that had only been working for them a few days.
Cab Company: Muslim Driver Who Allegedly Ran Over College Students Stole Car - FoxNews – 2/20/2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ? A Muslim cab driver who is being charged with attempted homicide after he allegedly tried to run over two college students after a religion dispute stole the cab he was driving and was pocketing the fares, the owner of the cab company told FOX News.
It was first believed that Ahmed worked for United Cab Co., but owner Roderick Brown told FOX News on Tuesday that he was not an employee and was fired last year after a high-speed chase with Nashville police.
The cab Ahmed was driving was supposed to be having its transmission fixed. Brown said he believes Ahmed, who teaches English as a second language next door, took the keys hanging inside the cab company. Brown said Ahmed may have made his way into the company from through the classroom suite.
Brown said he believes Ahmed was using the stolen cab and pocketing the fares, and that Ahmed put a stolen license tag on the vehicle. At this point, the company is not sure how long he has been driving the stolen vehicle.
The local FOX affiliate in Nashville confirmed from a friend and fellow co-worker that Ahmed is a Sunni Muslim from Somalia.
An interesting about-face by the cab company. Authorities should try and make sure the cab company is not trying to put up a cover story, but this explanation from the cab company explains the stolen tags. So I’ll buy their story unless something else comes up.