Midshipman assaults cab driver with butter knife

ANNAPOLIS - A Naval Academy midshipman was arrested Sunday after he threatened a cab driver with a butter knife.

The cab driver, a 40-year-old man from Annapolis, said this is the first time in 14 years of driving a taxi that he's felt unsafe. He’s now nervous about picking up fares, but says he has to continue to make a living.

Police arrested Gabriel Marc Voumard, 22, after he tried to skip out on a fare and threatened the driver with a knife. He was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

The Naval Academy confirmed Voumard is a junior at the Naval Academy.  In a statement, spokeswoman Judy Campbell said the Academy is cooperating with police in the investigation, but declined to comment further.

The victim told police he picked up two men from an Annapolis bar early Sunday morning and dropped them off in the 1400 block of Bay Head Road.

Police said the men claimed they did not have a credit card and one went inside to get cash. Voumard stayed in the car as his companion went inside. When the friend returned with less money than was owed, they both ran inside.

The cab driver told police he got out of the car and was in the driveway when Voumard came back outside armed with a butter knife. As he ran at the driver with a raised knife, the cab driver fled back to his car. Voumard dropped the knife outside the driver’s door and ran back inside.

When police arrived at the scene around 2:20 a.m. they saw the Voumard was intoxicated. They also saw the knife on top of the car.

Voumard was arrested and taken to the Eastern District police station for processing.