Nashville man says he was beaten unconscious by cabbie - WSMV News 4

Nashville man says he was beaten unconscious by cabbie

Posted: Updated: Jul 15, 2013 09:14 PM

Brandon Sherwood's short cab ride early Sunday in East Nashville ended with a concussion, broken nose, black eyes, bruised jaw and broken finger.

Sherwood believes the cabbie held a grudge against him, because he told him to calm down while waiting for a fare outside an East Nashville bar. When the cabbie pulled up in front of the bar, Sherwood told Channel 4 News, he began to lay on his car horn, annoying patrons who were drinking outside.

"I walked over to him with another patron to tell him to calm it down. He continued to yell at us and others. He was very aggressive," said Sherwood.

An hour later, Sherwood hailed a cab a short distance from the bar. He said it was the same cabbie he had earlier told to calm down.

"I hopped in, I didn't recognize him. I asked him to hang a right to my house. He said 'No, you obviously don't recognize me.' I said 'I have no idea.' He took a left, and said 'I'm about to beat you,'" said Sherwood.   

Sherwood said it quickly turned violent when the cabbie pulled the vehicle over at 12th and Eastland.

"He drove down here, pulled over, pulled me out of the cab, bashed me with his fist. I went down, he started kicking me a number of times in the face. I covered my face with my hand, that's when he broke my finger. I became unconscious, at that point, he just left me there," said Sherwood.

Metro detectives are investigating the incident. What concerns Sherwood, the cabbie knows where he lives.

"It's very scary. He could react with aggression at anytime with aggression, be it a man or a woman. That kind of scares me, he's still out there," said Sherwood.

Metro police plan to speak to a number of cab companies to find out what cabbies were in East Nashville late Saturday night, early Sunday morning.

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