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Man stabbed Yellow cab driver over $7.20, police say

SEATTLE — Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed a Yellow taxi cab driver with a large knife Sunday night in Capitol Hill..

According to Seattle Police Department records, police responded to an assault with weapons call around 11 p.m. near east Olive Street and Summit Avenue.

The cab driver, who was found clutching multiple stab wounds, told police a man flagged him down at 6th Avenue and East Pine Street and told him to drive around a little bit. The victim drove the man for a while and stopped his cab on East Olive Street and told the man the fare was $7.20. Police said the man pulled out a “large knife” and told the victim “give me all of your money.” The suspect also locked the cab doors.

cabThe victim allegedly told the suspect to forget the fare and get out of the car, but the suspect raised his knife from the back seat. The cab driver turned around to defend himself and the man stabbed him, police said. The victim left the cab as five witnesses came up and noticed the struggle. The suspect allegedly pointed his knife at the witnesses before running off.

The cab driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. No physical information about the suspect was immediately available.

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4 comments

  • dhsea

    It's been a while since I've been in a cab, but don't Yellow's have a video system installed, or is that just a placard to make people behave better?, Doesn't look like it worked very well, sorry for the driver.

    • Jason

      As a Taxi driver we were told by Yellow Cab Taxi company all the video cameras installed in each taxi cab records great image during all rides taken by passengers. However, in this taxi the cab was bought new and the camera was installed correctly but felt to connect with light inside the cab. about the driver, he has Two daughter and he was a hard worker. however, this incident kept him to say home with out work and his wife stays home and taking care of kids. Please if anyone volunteer and wants to help some of there bills will be great and appreciated. for more to get any info please contact on this page and we will respond as soon as possible.
      Thank you