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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago announces the arrest of a cab driver accused of shooting at a patron at a local hotel.

Vincent Laben (DOB: 4-11-1980) is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

Laben is accused of shooting at the victim at the Clarion Hotel located at 1615 Gervais Street shortly before 11 o’clock last night.

The female tells CPD Investigators that the cabbie picked her up at the airport and drove her to the hotel.

She previously advised the cabbie that she didn’t have cash, only a debit card.

The victim says that she told Laben she would give him money after using the hotel’s ATM.

That is when Laben allegedly grabbed her phone inside the cab which caused a physical altercation between the two.

The victim screamed for help and bystanders ran to her aid.

They helped stop the altercation between the victim and Laben.

The victim got out of the cab and ran to the back of the hotel.

Laben is further accused of grabbing a gun, exiting the cab and running after the victim.

Laben allegedly fired at least two rounds at her with an assault rifle.

No one was injured.

A man, who was in the area at the time detained Laben after the shooting until CPD Officers arrived on the scene.

Upon arrest, Laben complained of having chest pains.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was released and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

At his court hearing today, a judge set Laben’s bond at $200,000.

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