Police ID cab driver found dead inside vehicle in southwest Houston

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by KHOU.com Staff, Jaqueline Crea / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:14 PM

HOUSTON – An investigation was underway Friday after a cab driver was found slumped over inside a vehicle in southwest Houston, police said.

Houston Police Department homicide detectives were called to the 7800 block of Brompton at about 7 a.m.

Investigators said Donalvon Odell Rhyne, 52, had been shot to death during a robbery that happened at 10:45 Thursday night. The United Taxi Cab driver had dropped someone off when two men approached and robbed, or tried to rob him.

”Two guys just walked up off the street maybe they were looking for a victim of opportunity, is what I believe at this point,” said Sgt. Meeler, with the Homicide Division.

Rhyne fought back and was shot, police said.

The cab sat in the parking lot all night, no one knowing the driver was dead inside. Someone noticed it Friday morning, and called police.

“Because there are so many people coming and going they don’t know how long the cab’s been sitting there,” said Meeler.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the fatal shooting to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Neighbors expressed shock after learning what happened.

“I have my kid here, not something you would expect in this neighborhood,” said neighbor, Kevin Gunthorpe.

David Escarzaga, another neighbor, agreed.

“My girlfriend works late at the hospital. She comes home by herself. I don’t want her to encounter something like that. It’s pretty scary,” Escarzaga said.

However, some neighbors were not surprised, saying it seemed there had been more crime lately in the area.

“Last week there was an intruder who was shot and killed in our complex,” said Christine Jacobsen.

That incident occurred less than a mile away on Feb. 10,  at the Arcadian apartments. An off-duty officer shot and killed a burglary suspect he said he saw trying to break into an apartment.

“There’s no guarantee anywhere you live, but I’ve definitely noticed an increase overall,” said Jacobsen.

Jacobsen said she has changed her locks and will install a security camera.

“It’s unsettling just to know that things like this are happening, and it’s still a nice neighborhood,” she said.

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