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.
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.