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Man sought in cabbie stabbing arrested in Rockford

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Christopher L. Mackey

HUNTLEY – A Rockford man who eluded police Thursday morning after stabbing a taxi driver and stealing his cab has been taken into custody, Huntley police said.

Christopher L. Mackey, 31, of the 1300 block of North Horace Avenue, has been charged with felony counts of vehicular hijacking, robbery and aggravated battery.

Officers were called to Prime Outlets near Route 47 and Interstate 90 in Huntley at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a man who had been stabbed in the neck, according to a news release.

The man, identified as a 30-year-old cab driver from Hoffman Estates, was conscious and alert, police said. He was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with non-life threatening injuries, Deputy Police Chief Mike Klunk said.

The cabbie was taking a fare to an unknown address in Rockford from Hoffman Estates when the rider asked to stop at the Huntley outlet mall. As the driver pulled into the north end of the parking lot, he was stabbed in the neck with pens and pushed out of the vehicle, Klunk said.

The assailant, described as a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, fled in the cab with an unknown amount of cash, Klunk said.

Illinois State Police alerted Rockford police about 10 a.m. that the cab was in the area and a city police officer spotted it near Arnold Avenue and East State Street.

Officers tried to pull over the vehicle, but Mackey escaped in heavy traffic on Main Street, Rockford’s major thoroughfare, Rockford police Lt. Dane Person said.

The minivan-style cab later was found abandoned in a parking lot near Locust and East Main streets in Rockford, authorities said.

Mackey was located by members of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office in Rockford at around 8 p.m. Thursday. He has since been turned over to the Huntley Police Department and has been transported to the Kane County Jail.

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