Deputies: 2 men arrested, suspected of beating, robbing cab driver

ENCINITAS, Calif. - A 52-year-old taxi cab driver was beaten and robbed on Saturday by two passengers, who were arrested a short time later by police in a nearby parking lot, deputies reported.

A sheriff's deputy saw a cab driver sitting on the lawn in front of a Jack in the Box restaurant in the 1400 block of Encinitas Boulevard, just east of North El Camino Real, at 1:03 a.m., Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Munsch said.

"The taxi driver said he had been beaten and robbed of his cell phone by two men after he picked them up in Del Mar," Munsch said. "The suspects were quickly located and taken into custody in a nearby parking lot."

The suspects were identified as 33-year-old Joseph Vanderbrink and his 38-year-old brother, Joshua Vanderbrink, sheriff's said.

"One of the brothers was Tased after becoming combative with deputies," Munsch said.

The taxi cab driver was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of robbery and battery and booked into Vista Detention Facility, deputies said.


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