Sources say wallet wasn't taken from murdered Petersburg cabbie

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police said there's no evidence any personal property was stolen from a Petersburg cab driver found shot to death.

Police discovered the body of 49 year old Peter Ambrister in a vacant lot behind Jeff Davis Highway near Walmsley Boulevard.

The M.E.'s office said Ambrister died of multiple gunshot wounds to his neck.

Chesterfield detectives were in Petersburg trying to trace his final steps.

At Boulevard Cab Company, business moves forward, under a heap of sadness.

Answers are hard to come by.

"We have no idea none no more than he was commandeered," said co-owner Craig Buck.
Buck met with Chesterfield detectives.

He also owns cab #56, the one driven last by Ambrister.

"He was the life of this place," said Buck.

Ambrister was found Tuesday with gunshot wounds inside the cab parked on a gravel lot on the Richmond-Chesterfield line.

A Boulevard Cab dispatcher said Ambrister volunteered for a call at 9:20 that morning.  It was his second fare and his last.

The pick up point at this apartment complex near Crater Road.

The dispatcher said the customer wanted to go to an apartment complex on Boydton Plank Road, six miles away.

She never heard from Ambrister again.

"He said clear according to the dispatcher but we don't know what was going on in that car," said Buck.
Ambrister's wife couldn't reach him by phone.

The two last spoke earlier that morning.

"(What was the last thing he said to you?) I love you," said Mary Ambrister.
Investigators aren't certain of a motive

Sources say Ambrister's wallet wasn't taken.

Detectives are looking into whether he knew the person  or if the crime is related to the murder of another cabbie who worked for the same company.

Raphael Cudjoe was robbed and killed back in March.

"We haven't even healed from that yet," said Buck.

Despite the Cudjoe murder, and robberies of two other Boulevard Cab drivers, Mary Ambrister said her husband felt comfortable on the job.

"I always worried and he'd be like I'll be all right I'll be all right," said Ambrister.

If you can help Chesterfield investigators, call Crime solvers at 748-0660.

Drivers at Boulevard Cab don't cruise for fares.

Each call is dispatched from the cab stand in Petersburg.

A dispatcher said they don't have caller ID and customers don't leave their names.

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