Florida man doesn't pay for cab ride from Orlando to Bradenton

Posted at 7:16 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 07:17:55-04

One road trip took a Bradenton man to a unplanned destination: jail.

Mark Wood, 29, was arrested this week after refusing to pay for a cab ride that began in Orlando.

At 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, Wood contacted Orlando Cab to transport him to Bradenton, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit.

He told the driver that he had the cab fare at his home. However, when he entered his Bradenton home, he didn't come back out.

The driver contacted deputies who continued to knock on Wood's front door for at least 30-45 minutes but Wood didn't answer.

A Manatee County Sheriff's deputy returned a short time later and observed a woman outside the home. The deputy asked her if Wood was inside the home.

She said, "Yes, (he's) asleep." She asked him earlier who was knocking on the door for more than a half an hour, and Wood responded with, "the cab driver," and fell asleep, according to the female witness.

The deputy asked her to wake him up and to come outside. Wood walked out of the residence and was detained.

While heading to Manatee County Jail, Wood told the deputy that he was robbed in Orlando. The alleged robber stole his wallet with $500, his identification card and his bank card. Wood also said he was going to ask his neighbor for money, but knew the neighbor wouldn't get the money until Monday.

According to the affidavit, "the defendant knew he had no money when he called the cab company and knew he wasn't going to pay the victim."

The cab meter for the total trip was $397.75. Wood was charged with theft after trust. He has since bonded out of jail.