GPS Helps Police Arrest Suspect in Cab Driver Stabbing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police arrested a man Friday morning who they suspect stabbed a female cab driver multiple times Thursday night on Kansas City's east side.

The man then took off with her cab, a Checker Cab #138, gray in color on the bottom and white on top.

The cab company could not detect the location of the cab through GPS Thursday night but on Friday morning they contacted police to tell them that the GPS was working again.

At about 10 a.m. Friday, using the cab's GPS, police located it near Brush Creek and Paseo and began pursuing the driver. At one point police say, the GPS recorded the suspect was driving 117 mph. The suspect, a 21-year-old man, bailed out of the car at 12804 U.S. 71 Frontage Road and after a short foot chase, police arrested him.

Thursday night, after refusing to pay his fare, a man with a thin build, wearing a black hoodie and carrying a black backpack with a red stripe stabbed the driver twice in the back, once in the arm, behind her ear, on her face and through her hand.

The driver picked him up from the 6000 block of Wilson Street, possibly from the library there, and took him to 52nd and Sycamore.

After he stabbed her, the man drove off in her cab.  The cab driver is listed in good condition Friday morning.

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