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Cab driver stabbed in throat, taxi hijacked in Aurora

Updated: July 4, 2013 8:51PM

A man allegedly stabbed a cab driver in the throat and hijacked a cab early Thursday, officials said.

About 4:45 a.m., the 39-year-old Eagle Taxi Company driver got a call from a man requesting to be picked up at a Naperville gas station in the 600 block of North Route 59, Aurora police said.

The driver went to the gas station and the man requested to be driven to an undisclosed address in downtown Aurora, police said. The passenger later changed his mind and asked the driver to drop him off at a different location and proceeded to give the driver street-by-street instructions.

When the cab reached an area near Spring and North Fourth streets, the man told the driver to pull to the curb, police said. When the driver pulled over, the suspect held a knife to his throat and cut him, police said. The driver then jumped from the cab, which was still slowly moving.

The cab came to rest against another vehicle and the attacker jumped out, police said. He did not demand money. The cabdriver was treated at a hospital. A suspect, a 33-year-old Aurora man, was taken into custody after a police chase Thursday afternoon, officials said. Sun-Times Media

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