18-year-old trying to rob cab shot with own gun, Washington County Sheriff’s Office says

A teenager trying to rob a cab driver at gunpoint in Aloha was shot with his own gun in a struggle with the driver early Tuesday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

Josiah Johnson, 18, was arrested on allegations of first-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance and other counts.

Johnson got in a cab in Gresham and gave the driver his phone as collateral for a ride to Aloha, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Upon arriving, Johnson gave the driver a counterfeit $100 bill that the driver immediately identified as a fake, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson allegedly produced a pistol and pointed it at the back of the driver’s head while still in the cab. A struggle ensued and the gun went off, striking Johnson in the hip, the Sheriff’s Office said. It remains unclear who pulled the trigger.

Johnson and the driver both got out of the cab and the driver threw the gun out of reach, the Sheriff’s Office said. Bystanders helped the driver restrain Johnson until deputies arrived.

Johnson was treated at a hospital before being booked into the Washington County jail.

— K. Rambo

krambo@oregonian.com

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