Albuquerque woman attacks, carjacks cab driver with pan

Antoinette Padilla
Antoinette Padilla

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are thanking a tablet inside a yellow cab that helped track down Antoinette Padilla, the suspect accused of carjacking a Yellow Cab driver late Wednesday night.

“It got us in the general area, so it definitely helped in letting us know where we should be looking, so that’s always a good tool for people to have and use,” said Officer Tanner Tixier of Albuquerque Police Department.

APD used the GPS coordinates from the cab’s tablet to locate the cab.

Here’s how it all started: they say the suspect called for a Yellow Cab in the heights. The driver says while they were on the road, she attacked him, hitting him several times with a cast iron skillet.

“This is the first time that I’ve heard them attacked so viciously that the vehicle was car jacked,” said Tixier.

Police say she also had a hammer and a large knife with her.

The cabbie says he escaped in the Heights.

Police tracked down the cab a few minutes later. Padillia made a run for it, but was found hiding in a stranger’s backyard.

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