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Alleged taxi robber injured in crash, attorney says

A man charged with assaulting a Mitchell taxi driver failed to attend court Tuesday after allegedly being hospitalized from a vehicle crash. Shawn Duffy, 38, of Mitchell, was scheduled to appear for an arraignment Tuesday during a circuit court s...

A man charged with assaulting a Mitchell taxi driver failed to attend court Tuesday after allegedly being hospitalized from a vehicle crash.

Shawn Duffy, 38, of Mitchell, was scheduled to appear for an arraignment Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell for robbery and grand theft charges, stemming from an early-morning incident on Oct. 29 in which he allegedly assaulted and robbed a driver for Becky's Vans.

Duffy failed to attend the arraignment, and according to Duffy's attorney, Donna Bucher, he was involved in a vehicle crash Tuesday morning en route to Mitchell from Yankton.

Judge Tim Bjorkman issued a bench warrant unless Duffy "can buttress his verbal assertion he had a car accident and that accident prevented him from being here today," Bjorkman said.

Bjorkman gave Duffy 24 hours to provide evidential support for his claim, or he will be taken into custody and held without bond.

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Duffy was first arrested after allegedly assaulting and robbing a Becky's Vans driver, taking the man's cell phone and $300 from the vehicle. He is charged with second-degree robbery and grand theft.

The arraignment has been postponed multiple times already, according to court disposition, and Bucher said Duffy's contact with her has been "sporadic," but he always calls before a court date, including a call on Tuesday morning.

"He is supposed to keep his lawyer informed of his whereabouts at all times. It's apparent he has not done that satisfactorily," Bjorkman said.

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