taxi driver

Be nice to taxi drivers in Dubuque. They don’t suffer fools lightly, and if you try to rob them they may shoot you, or crash into you, or both.

On March 17th, 2014, at 10:11 p.m. Dubuque Police responded to the area of 2nd and Main Street on the report of a disturbance involving shots fired and a vehicle crash. Upon arrival officers met with a cab driver who reported being the victim of an attempted armed robbery inside his cab, during which he discharged his legally carried firearm in self-defense. A second cab driver in the area attempted to intervene and stop the robbery by crashing his cab into the victim’s cab. After a brief struggle with the cab drivers, the suspect fled the area and was not relocated. Evidence located at the scene indicates the suspect may be injured.

The suspect was captured Tuesday and faces up to 25 years in prison:

Dubuque police arrested 35-year-old Shaun McCree of Apple River, Ill., after a reported robbery attempt.

McCree is charged with first-degree robbery. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Police say he is in the Dubuque County Jail until his initial appearance.

Shaun McCree
Mugshot of suspect Shaun McCree, from a 2012 arrest.