Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who brutally attacked a taxi driver Sunday afternoon.
The cabbie, an employee with All Threes Taxi company, picked up a male passenger who went by the name “James” at around 12:15 p.m. in the Mill Creek section of the city. Upon arriving at the passenger’s destination, the 5800 block of Race Street, “James” seized the driver from the back seat.
As the driver struggled to break free, the passenger pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times in the back, police said. A struggle ensued, as the driver turned in his seat and swung at the suspect several times, grabbing at his clothing and hitting his head.
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The suspect exited the vehicle and fled north on 58th Street.
The taxi driver was transported to Presbyterian Trauma Center for several lacerations, police said.
The suspect is described as a beardedman, about 20 years old, short with a thin build and wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and light pants at the time of the attack.
The PPD is asking anyone with information regarding the suspect to contact the Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183/3184. Tips can also be submitted via text to 773847 (PPDTIP) or online through anelectronic form. All tips will remain confidential.