Longview Cab Driver Escapes Armed Robber

An East Texas cab driver held at gunpoint re-lives his frightening experience, speaking out about a split second decision that may have saved his life.

"Every time I closed my eyes, all I could see was that guys face," said London Cab driver Cris Mays.  Mays, 32 has been driving for Longview's London Cab company for about a month.   Saturday morning, Mays says he picked up a well dressed black man near Marshall Avenue and Texas Street around 1:00 a.m.  Everything seemed fine, until they got to a remote area of Nixon Street near White Oak, where Mays says he began to feel something wasn't right.

"We were on a dark road, and I noticed him putting black gloves on his hands," said Mays.  Suddenly, Mays says he felt the cold steel of a gun barrel on his neck.

"He had a gun to my head and his other hand on my shoulder and said slowly, 'give me your money,'" said Mays.  On a dark dead end road with a gun pointed to the back of his head, Mays made a gutsy decision.  Feeling he was going to get shot anyway, Mays said he decided to make a run for it.

"It all happened so quick," said Mays.  "I don't know, but instead of reaching for my money, I reached for the door, opened it, and I just ran.  Something made me think he was going to shoot me and then take the cab."  As the suspect drove his unit away, Mays ran to a nearby home and called police.

"I didn't know if he was going to get out and start shooting at me," said Mays.  Mays still bears the barrel mark on his neck, and says he's determined to help police find the suspect by looking at mug shot books.

"If I have to sit there eight hours to see if I can see his picture, I will do it," said Mays.  Mays says he plans to continue driving for London Cab.  His abandoned cab was recovered in White Oak late Saturday.  If you have any information on the suspect, call the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com