LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Four Howard County teens have been charged in the attempted murder of a cab driver, police said.

Khalid Khahiem Woods, 19, Johnam Perez-Rivera, 16, Woody Rousseau, 17, and Chellby Ofosusafori, 17 — all students at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia — got into a cab at about 10:45 p.m. March 1 and asked to be taken to Sewell’s Orchard Road in Columbia, according to police.

One of the teens asked the driver to pull the car over and when he did, the teen seated behind him — believed to be Perez-Rivera — began choking him with a karate belt. At the same time, the front seat passenger — believed to be Woods — displayed a handgun and threatened to kill the driver, police said.

The drive told police he then hit the gas pedal and the car crashed into a tree. He was able to escape the scene and called police from a nearby house.

Police said they gathered evidence from inside the cab that led them to arrest the four teens.

Woods, Perez-Rivera, Rousseau and Ofosusafori are charged with second-degree attempted murder, conspiracy, armed robbery, robbery and assault. They are being held on bond in the Howard County Detention Center.

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