PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a female cab driver and threatening her with a switchblade because she would not drive him to Los Angeles.
Johnathan Chee Laughing, 31, faces one felony count of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of theft.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, police say the female cab driver picked up Laughing at a mini mart and smoke shop in Phoenix.
While driving along I-10, Laughing reportedly demanded that the cab driver take him to Los Angeles.
The driver told him that LA was "too far" and that it "was not an option."
That's when, according to police, the cab driver "heard a clicking sound that she believed was the slide of a firearm being cocked."
The police report states that Laughing told the driver "that he was 'packing' and continued to ask her to take him to Los Angeles."
As the cab neared Sky Harbor Airport, the victim reported feeling "an object being pushed into the right side of her abdomen. The object remained there for the duration of the transport" until the cab arrived at the Greyhound bus station on Buckeye Road.
Police later determined that Laughing was armed with a switchblade.
When the driver stopped, she told police that Laughing gave her a credit card.
But when she ran the card and it was declined, Laughing reportedly "demanded that the victim take him to Los Angeles or he would [expletive] shoot her," according to the police report.
Police say Laughing "continued to ramble about being part of a gang and that he was a drug dealer."
He then took off without paying and ran toward the bus terminal, police said. He was arrested in the area a short time later.