|Weathers (Cook Co. Sheriffs Dept)|
Now, police have tied Weathers to two more cab robberies—one before the murder and one on the day after.
Prosecutors say a taxi cab surveillance system captured images of Weathers robbing a 47-year-old cabbie at gunpoint in the 400 block of W. Erie around 1:15AM on February 16. The driver was not injured.
And the day after Weathers allegedly killed Shamji, prosecutors say he hailed another cab and robbed its driver at gunpoint in the 800 block of W. Belden near the DePaul campus in Lincoln Park. The next day, the driver recognized Weathers in a mugshot that aired during TV news coverage of his arrest.
|Shamji (Image: Chicago Dispatcher)|
CWBChicago has learned that Weathers was in possession of two cellphones at the time of his arrest. One of them had been used to order the Flash Cab ride that ended with Shamji’s death.
Investigators have also said that Weathers tried to cover up the murder by stealing the video camera from Shamji’s vehicle. Unfortunately for Weathers, the video system’s memory card was left behind.
A Cook County grand jury returned an 18-count true bill against Weathers. It includes 12 murder-related charges, three robbery counts, and three counts of unlawful vehicular invasion.
Bond for Weathers is set at $1 million.