Deputies: Men beat, robbed Lynnwood taxi driver

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- King County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a pair of robbers who attacked and robbed a taxi driver last week in Lynnwood.

Deputies say the 51-year old cabbie was dispatched to a home in the 16600 block of 6th Avenue West in Lynnwood to pick up two men. When he arrived, the men pulled the driver out of the car and beat him.

After stealing all his cash, the robbers forced the driver to walk with them to a nearby gas station, where they tried to get him to withdraw cash from an ATM. When that plan failed, deputies say the robbers took off on foot.

The driver called police. He was treated at the scene, but is expected to be fine.

Detectives believe one of the robbers is 27-year-old Eric T. Johnson, who they say is known to hang out at public transportation facilities and homeless shelters in South Everett, Lynnwood and North Seattle.

Detectives are trying to figure out who the second robber is. He's described as a white man who stands roughly 6-feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. At the time of the robbery, the second man was wearing glasses.