CHARGES have now been laid against a 29-year-old Vancouver man after a cab driver was seriously assaulted earlier this week.

The victim was driving his car on November 17, shortly before 1 a.m., when he picked up three women and a man on Granville Street near Davie Street.

The driver took the four passengers to a nearby apartment building at Drake Street and Marinaside Crescent, where a dispute over the $5.40 cab fare occurred. The verbal argument quickly ended when the man allegedly punched the victim, before kicking and stomping on his face as he lay seemingly unconscious on the ground.

Police attended and spoke with several witnesses from nearby buildings who heard the verbal and physical altercation, and observed the accused run off after the attack.

At about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, investigators from the Vancouver Police’s Major Crime Section arrested Lloyd Peter Robinson. Crown has now approved charges of aggravated assault and he remains in custody until his next court appearance.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information that has not yet spoken to investigators is asked to contact the Vancouver Police at (604) 717-2541.