Man carrying fake gun assaults cab driver

A Vancouver taxi is shown in this file image (Flickr/mag3737)

A 25-year-old Vancouver man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a taxi driver after the cab he was a passenger in collided with another. 

The two cabs were driving in the 900-block of Main Street on Oct. 23 at around 1:30 a.m. when one vehicle rear-ended the other.

In a press release, Cst. Lindsey Houghton said that one driver got out to speak and exchange information with the other driver, whose passenger then got out and began threatening the first driver.

Houghton said the threats escalated and the passenger began to push the cab driver against his taxi. Two officers who happened to be driving by saw the incident and intervened.

The man refused to stop when officers asked and walked around one of the vehicles, dropping an item that made a clunking sound. Police moved in to arrest the man and found a replica handgun on the ground.

Kenneth Conrad Izzard, who is known to police, is facing a number of charges including assault, uttering death threats, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The 43-year-old cab driver from Surrey wasn’t injured in the incident.

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