Arrest in cabbie's 2008 murder - FOX 13 News

Arrest in cabbie's 2008 murder

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Jack LaGrand wasn't just a cabbie, he was a friend.

"You knew he was a veteran here. A lot of people looked up to him," said Yellow Cab manager Ross Steinberg.

LaGrand was also a husband. But five years ago, someone took him away from his wife Donna, and all who knew him.

It happened behind a strip mall parking lot near U.S 19. Surveillance video showed his cab pulling into a parking lot and almost out of nowhere, a man showed up. He robbed, shot and killed LeGrand.

Then the suspect disappeared just as quickly.

Police said a witness who they won't name tipped them off to 24-year-old Tisen Washington.

Detectives said he admitted to calling Yellow Cab for a ride, but the rest of his story did not add up.

"He said the cab took him 15 minutes driving in the opposite direction to a friend's house," said Detective Tom Dawe.

But detectives knew he wasn't at a friend's house. They had video of him at a bar.

"When I showed it to him, I think he was shocked," said Detective Dawe.

Washington was already behind bars at the Pasco County jail on drug charges. Now he is being charged with first-degree murder.

His wife Donna stood by detectives as they read a statement on her behalf.

"Finally, the familiy will have closure to all those families facing similar circumstances never give up hope," it read.

Legrand spent four years working at Yellow Cab.

"It is just a relief for the cab drivers the industry and more importantly what should never be forgotten is the family Jack had," said manager Steinberg.

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