FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Westport man was accused of threatening a cab driver by making racial slurs and claiming to have a weapon Saturday morning in Fairfield, according to police reports.
The Yellow Cab Co. driver told police he picked up the man in Bridgeport and took him to Belmont Street in Fairfield early Saturday morning. When they arrived, the man became verbally abusive, making racially motivated comments, police say. He then got out, refusing to pay the fare, according to police reports.
Lars Soderstrom, 44, of Westport then told the driver he was going to shoot him, and reached toward his waistband, police say. He also began kicking the side of the cab and hitting the car’s windows, according to police reports. Officers arrived at the scene and arrested Soderstrom but did not find weapon, police say.
Soderstrom was charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, a felony, as well as second-degree threatening, a breach of the peace, sixth-degree larceny and refusing to be fingerprinted, all misdemeanors. He was released after posting a $500 bond and is due in court Jan. 22.
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