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Why stab cabbie? He ‘had a bad day’

Maurice A. Mart |  Supplied phofrom Aurorpolice

Maurice A. Martin | Supplied photo from Aurora police

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Updated: August 7, 2013 6:18AM

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary early Thursday morning when an Aurora taxi driver took the call to pick up a man from a Naperville gas station.

The 39-year-old driver, who has been in the cab business for about three years, wasn’t leery at all about the 4:45 a.m. pickup, he said. The caller, Maurice Martin, 33, of Naperville, simply asked to be driven to the Hollywood Casino Aurora. Not an odd request.

“He said he had a bad day,” the driver said, and, it was about to get worse during one point of the alleged incident.

While en route, police said Martin asked to stop at a gas station in the 600 block of North Broadway Avenue in Aurora so he could break a $100 bill.

When he got back into the taxi he told the driver he changed his mind about the casino, and wanted to go somewhere else. He gave the Eagle Taxi Company driver street-by-street directions.

After a while, the driver pulled over, and got into a short verbal altercation about Martin’s final destination.

Police said Martin pulled out a sharp object and held it to the driver’s neck.

“It happened so fast, I don’t know what he was holding,” the driver said. Next thing he knew, his neck had been cut.

Police said the object was possibly a broken plastic license plate frame.

After he was slashed, the driver jumped from the still-moving vehicle. Martin jumped to the front seat and took off. He was on the lam for nearly 12 hours in the cab before an off-duty DuPage County Forest Preserve police officer spotted him. He was caught after a police chase.

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