Man questioned about SUV in Virginia Highland killing is charged in unrelated case

A man who has been questioned by police about a stolen SUV used in the killing of a man in Atlanta's Virginia Highland neighborhood last week has been charged in an unrelated beating of a cab driver.

The man, whose name is being withheld by police, was picked up and detained on a probation violation.

He has been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with a Nov. 8 attack on a taxicab driver in southeast Atlanta, city police spokesman Carlos Campos said Tuesday evening.

The cab driver picked up a man and a woman at Conley Road and Keystone Drive and took them to the 300 block of Pickfair Avenue. The cab driver was robbed at gunpoint and beaten, suffering deep cuts to his face, Campos said.

The man has been questioned about the carjacking of an SUV in Buckhead on Nov. 19. The black 2005 Toyota Highlander was taken from Greenview Avenue.

Police believe it was used by the people who killed Charles Boyer in Virginia Highland last week.

Boyer, 39, was shot dead around 10 p.m. on Nov. 22 outside an apartment building on Virginia Avenue near the intersection with Monroe Drive. He and his girlfriend were getting out of their car when three masked men demanded her apartment keys and started marching the couple to her apartment. Boyer was shot in a struggle, but his girlfriend escaped without injury, police said.

Police later found the Toyota SUV in a MARTA parking lot. It contained Boyer's cell phone and identification, Atlanta police Chief George Turner said Monday afternoon.

Police said the recovered the 2005 Toyota Highlander may be the same one witnesses reported seeing during two similar armed robberies within a 24-hour period.