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Police: 'Extremely Intoxicated' Naval Academy Midshipman Charged Taxi Driver With Butter Knife

Gabriel Marc Voumard, 22, a midshipman from the Naval Academy, was charged with assault for allegedly charging a taxi driver while holding a butter knife.

Gabriel Marc Voumard, 22, a midshipman from the Naval Academy, was charged with assault for allegedly charging a taxi driver while holding a butter knife. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police
Gabriel Marc Voumard, 22, a midshipman from the Naval Academy, was charged with assault for allegedly charging a taxi driver while holding a butter knife. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police

A night out on the town ended with an “extremely intoxicated” Naval Academy midshipman allegedly threatening a cab driver with a butter knife when he couldn’t afford to pay his fare, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Officers were called to the 1400 block of Bay Head Road in Annapolis about 2:20 a.m. Sunday for a report of an assault.

The 40-year-old cab driver from Annapolis works for La Union Taxi Cab Co. He told police he picked up two fares from a bar on West Street in Annapolis and drove them to the 1400 block of Bay Head Road. When the cabbie told the two passengers what the trip cost, they reportedly said they did not have a credit card and had to get cash from inside the residence.

The cab driver said one of the passengers, later identified as Gabriel Marc Voumard, 22, a midshipman from the Naval Academy, waited in the vehicle while the other person went inside.

The second passenger returned to the cab with less money than they owed, police said. At that point the two passengers reportedly ran inside the house. The taxi driver told police a woman then came out and told him that the passengers were coming with more money.

Police say that Voumard returned with a knife, ran toward the driver standing in the driveway, and raised the knife while pointing it in the victim’s direction. The cab driver hopped back in his vehicle, while Voumard reportedly dropped the knife on the ground outside the taxi and then went back inside the residence.

Officers saw a silver butter knife on top of the taxi and said that Voumard was “extremely intoxicated.”

Voumard, of 985 Shirley Ave. in Cape May, NJ, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

Domenic Messina April 22, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Thankfully, the butter knife aggressor did not have a jar of jelly because the cabbie would have been toast.
Steven Spiegel April 22, 2014 at 08:28 PM
I drove a cab back in the late 90's and believe me most of the guys who drove back then were less then honest !!!! I believe that the whole truth is not present in this article
Relaxing April 23, 2014 at 12:29 AM
On other comments on other papers many have this kid kicked out... Although allegedly he went after the driver nobody got hurt. He did the right thing and took a cab instead of driving. I didn't know it cost that much to drive to Arnold! Although Annapolis isnt a college town we do have a "college" in our town. These kids work ten times harder than the average college kid. So on the weekends they go into town and blow off some steam. Some locals are annoyed by the mids. Really? Let it go and have fun. I hope things get better for this kid. I hope it wakes up some that tip the scale on a regular basis. I wish people were more forgiving. He didn't hurt anyone and drank too much and took a cab.
Conlyn April 23, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Being a former enlisted man, I would hope the academy could weed out the future order givers, but I can tell you it does not. Any midshipman who can't behave like a gentleman does not deserve to be an officer and a leader of men.

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