A taxi turned into a getaway car in a bank robbery and driver had no idea

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- When a taxi driver was offered a $600 job to drive a customer to Omaha, he jumped on it. But he never guessed what happened next.

RELATED: Lawrence police seek bank robbery suspect

Within a couple of minutes, a taxi became the getaway car in a bank robbery. And the driver didn't even know he was involved.

It was a slow day for Ben Sehon, who drives a taxi van for First Class Transportation in Lawrence. So when a man offered him $600 to drive to Omaha, he took it.

"Something didn't seem right about it, at least to me anyway," he said.

He ignored his instincts and drove the customer, Antonio Gaitan, to the bank to cash a check. While waiting outside Truity Credit Union, Sehon’s mind was running.

"At the time, I was a little worried, like if he was a drug dealer or in trouble. [I was thinking] this could be kind of not good," Sehon said.

He was on the right track. Gaitan just robbed the bank and Sehon became the getaway driver. All this happened without sehon ever knowing. So he continued his job and drove to Omaha. But he was still suspicious.

"He was willing to spend $600 to go to Omaha, that seemed weird," said Sehon. That's compared to a regular fare of $545.

Three hours later, Sehon dropped Gaitan off at a bus station, he was given $600 in cash and headed back for Lawrence. That’s when he was told about the bank robbery.

"I’m glad I was told later because I probably would have freaked out," he said through a chuckle.

Although police say Sehon is not involved in the robbery, his $600 pay day was confiscated.

Gaitan is linked to another bank robbery in the Kansas City area and is currently held without bond.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s