The 57-year-old female passenger from Bellaire, Texas, took the cab from her hotel to Louis Armstrong International Airport and when she arrived, she tried to pay the tab with her credit card, the paper reported.
But the driver, Sohail Kahn, 37, told her that he was going to add a 10 percent tip to the $33 fixed rate fare. She refused that, the paper reported, and demanded to be let out and for Kahn to get her bags.
Instead of letting her out, police said Kahn locked the doors, turned off the engine and made a "grabbing motion" at her handbag. The newspaper, citing a police report, said he then clenched his fist, waived it in her face and said, "you will pay me my 10 percent tip, or I will not let you go."
The woman said she argued with the cabbie for about 30 minutes in the now-sweltering taxi before calling 911, the newspaper reported.
-- Lance Murray