HUNTLEY – Authorities are searching for a man who stole a taxicab after stabbing the driver in the neck, according to the Huntley Police Department.
Officers responded to Prime Outlets near Route 47 and I-90 in Huntley about 9:30 a.m. today for a report of a man who had been stabbed, according to a news release. The taxicab driver was conscious and alert when police arrived.
The 30-year-old cab driver was able to make contact with an employee at the outlet mall who then called 911, deputy police chief Mike Klunk said. The driver, a resident of Hoffman Estates, was later transported to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver was taking a passenger to an unknown address in Rockford from Hoffman Estates when the man asked to stop at the Huntley outlet mall, Klunk said. As the driver pulled into the north end of the parking lot, he was stabbed in the neck by the passenger and pushed out of the vehicle.
The man then fled the area in the cab with an unknown amount of cash, Klunk said. The vehicle was later found abandoned in a parking lot near the intersection of Locust and East Main streets in Rockford.
Members of the Illinois State Police spotted the minivan-style taxicab around 10 a.m. and notified the Rockford Police Department that it was entering the area, according to Rockford Police Department Lt. Dane Person. A Rockford patrol officer later observed the taxi near Arnold Avenue and E. State Street.
Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, at which time the driver was able to elude police near State Street and Vale Avenue, Person said. Traffic on Main Street, the city’s major thoroughfare, was heavy at the time of the short pursuit, he added.
The vehicle was later located through the use of the GPS locator inside the vehicle.
The offender was described by the cabbie as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, Klunk said.
Investigators are in that area attempting to locate the man.