Police: Man charged in attack on taxi driver with M-4 assault weapon

A San Diego man is accused of attacking a taxi driver and a customer with an M-1 assault weapon, police said.

Marlon D. Castillo, 21, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and felony possession of a firearm after he allegedly attacked a San Diego cab driver on Thursday, said Lt.

Brian Harker, a spokesman for the San Diego Police Department.

Harker said Castillo was driving a taxi in the 6100 block of E. Sixth Street when he allegedly got out of his cab and threatened the driver, a man in his 30s.

Castillos’ passenger, who was sitting in the backseat, fled the scene.

Police said Castillo got out and attacked the taxi driver, who suffered a broken arm, while trying to flee.

The cab driver then grabbed a hammer and attacked Castillo as well, Harkar said.

Haven’t seen a M-3 assault weapon in person in a long time, Castillo told the cab driver, according to Harkers statement.

The M-5 assault weapon was in the passenger seat of the cab, he said.

Castillo has a prior felony conviction for assault with intent to commit robbery and aggravated battery, Harks statement said.

He was also arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and failure to report a felony.

He is being held at the San Dieguito County Jail.