Man arrested on suspicion of robbing taxi driver with stun gun

Amir Sakaev

PALO ALTO (KRON) — Police arrested a San Jose parolee in Palo Alto after he allegedly refused to pay a taxi fare and fired a stun gun at the driver.

On Thursday at 3:05 a.m., dispatchers received a call from a taxi driver who alleged a passenger was outside the cab firing a stun gun at him as he protected himself by staying locked inside the cab on El Camino Real at Military Way.

Officers arrived on scene to the 3900 block of El Camino Real and arrested 27-year-old Amir Sakaev, allegedly found with a stun gun, according to police.

The taxi driver told police he picked up Sakaev in San Jose in a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria and drove him to Palo Alto. When the driver reached Sakaev’s destination, allegedly Sakaev made no attempt to pay.

The driver got out of the cab to demand payment but Sakaev allegedly pulled out a stun gun and started firing at the man.

The gun fired an electrical arc and not probes as a Taser does, according to police.

The driver ran back to his cab to protect himself and called 911 as Sakaev continued firing. Sakaev stopped firing a short time later and walked south before police arrived.

The taxi driver did not suffer any injuries.

Sakaev was booked into the county jail on suspicion of armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a stun gun and the probation violation, according to police.

Sakaev was on parole for criminal threats and on probation for vandalism and violation of a court order.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or texted or left as voicemail at 650-383-8984.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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