For Immediate Release 3/8/2017
West Baltimore—Terrence Edwards was recently convicted and sentenced to 12 years for robbery, second degree assault, and theft. Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Turiello prosecuted the case.
Edwards was previously acquitted at trial of armed robbery in a case with strikingly similar facts. In that case, it was alleged that Edwards robbed a cab driver after using a pre-paid cell phone to order a cab from the 600 block of North Pulaski Street. He then stood trial for a second taxi cab robbery where he allegedly used the same pre-paid phone to rob another taxi driver. That case ended in a hung jury.
During the retrial for the second case, the State presented evidence that on February 3, 2016 the Defendant called for a cab using the phone associated with the same number. The State presented testimony from a representative of T-Mobile that tied Edwards to the pre-paid account used in each robbery. A witness from T-Mobile testified and presented documentation showing that the birthday of the account subscriber was the same as the Edwards’.
Additionally, the cab driver testified that Edwards was picked up at a residence in the 3500 block of E. Northern Parkway where Edwards’ girlfriend lived and drove Edwards to a school, where his girlfriend’s child attended. After dropping the child off back at the apartment complex, the victim testified that he was directed to drive Edwards to the 500 block of N. Brice Street in West Baltimore—one block away from Edwards’ home address in the 500 block of North Pulaski Street. Once there, the Defendant robbed the victim at gunpoint.
The cab driver later positively identified the Defendant in a photo array and testified in court.
“I applaud the courage and cooperation of this cab driver who helped us solidify this conviction; I hope that anyone else victimized by Edwards in recent years can sleep easy knowing that he has been removed from our streets, ” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I am also very proud of the tenacity Michael displayed in this case. Despite several challenges and spending over a month in trial prosecuting Edwards for various offenses—he was able to obtain justice.”
Edwards is awaiting a hearing date for a violation of probation in Baltimore County for his 2012 conviction of second degree assault.