Photo of suspect in Detroit cabbie stabbing released

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police have released a picture of a man they say stabbed a cab driver who picked him up this month.

Investigators said the 42-year-old driver picked up the suspect near Beaubien and Monroe at about 1:45 p.m. April 11. The customer asked to be driven to Interstate 94 and Grand River, where he briefly went inside a store then returned to the waiting cab driver.

When the driver refused his request to drive him elsewhere, “the suspect reached through the divider and began stabbing the victim several times,” police said in a release. “The victim attempted to defend himself but only received more lacerations.”

The driver drove himself to the hospital, where he was treated for critical injuries, police said.

The suspect, who fled on foot, is described as a 35-year-old African-American male, 5-foot-7, 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing an orange hat, orange hooded sweatshirt, gray jogging pants and gray gym shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Third Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5156 or Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.