Ex-Blackwood man gets 12 years for attacking cabbie

Posted: June 13, 2012

A former Blackwood resident was sentenced Tuesday in Superior Court in Gloucester County to 12 years in state prison for robbing and slashing the throat of a cabdriver in Deptford Township in June 2010.

Randy S. James Jr., 22, of Secane, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree robbery, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. James is accused of robbing $85 from a cabdriver who picked him up on June 1 in Clementon. James used a knife and a hammer or hatchet in the assault and robbery, which occurred in the Locust Grove section.

James has a history of psychiatric problems that continued through his discharge from the Army in 2010, authorities said. He was ordered to make $5,500 in restitution. Hospital bills could be added to the restitution if the uninsured victim does not qualify based on his income for charitable care at Cooper University Hospital. The 37-year-old cabdriver, of Stratford, radioed for help as James ran away. The driver was hospitalized for five days. —Darran Simon

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