Ben Gates and Oren Wilkerson utilize taxicabs to quickly stage armed robberies and flee to their own car. They are initially successful in doing so, since most taxicabs look somewhat similar to potential witnesses. The Highway Patrol gives the two men's descriptions (and a special radio code) to local cab drivers. One of the Red Bird Cab Company's drivers picks up the suspects, recognizes them, and discreetly transmits the code. Subsequently, however, he unwisely tries to fight back and Wilkerson murders him before his cab can be located. Wilkerson becomes increasingly nervous and wants to flee the area, but Gates insists that they continue with their plan to stage three robberies before abandoning the cab. When the driver's body is found, Dan Mathews and his officers surmise that Gates and Wilkerson are still traveling in the cab. They move quickly to locate it, and an armed confrontation with Gates and Wilkerson becomes inevitable. Written by
When the strange radio message from the missing taxicab was recognized as having been transmitted at gunpoint, there was no longer any doubt that he two gunmen had taken over the cab. The field of operation had been narrowed. Now, the Highway Patrol had to pinpoint the cab's location and do it in a matter of minutes. Speed was the essential element!
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