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Motive sought in Huntley stabbing of cabbie

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

HUNTLEY – Investigators still are seeking a motive in the stabbing of a taxicab driver Thursday at a Huntley outlet mall.

Christopher L. Mackey, 31, of the 1300 block of North Horace Avenue, Rockford, is charged with felony counts of vehicular hijacking, robbery and aggravated battery. Authorities allege Mackey stabbed the cab driver, stole his minivan taxi and fled to Rockford.

Mackey was arrested about 8 p.m. Thursday in Rockford based on anonymous tips and information that the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office obtained from the abandoned taxicab, authorities said.

He was turned over to Huntley police and taken to the Kane County Jail, where he remained on a $50,000 bond Friday.

The taxi driver picked up Mackey on Thursday morning at the St. Alexius Health System campus in Hoffman Estates, Huntley Deputy Police Chief Mike Klunk said. The campus is home to St. Alexius Medical Center and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital.

The cab company told police the pickup address was 1776 Moon Lake Blvd., Klunk said. That is the site of a Leyden Family Service and Mental Health Center facility for drug and alcohol treatment.

It’s not known whether Mackey was a patient at the hospital or center, Klunk said.

The driver was headed from Hoffman Estates to an unknown location in Rockford when Mackey asked to stop at Prime Outlets near Route 47 and Interstate 90 in Huntley, police said. As the driver pulled into the north end of the parking lot, he was stabbed in the neck with two pens and pushed out of the vehicle, police said.

The driver, identified only as a 30-year-old man from Hoffman Estates, was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Mackey fled in the cab with an unknown amount of cash, Klunk said.

The cab company activated the vehicle’s GPS tracking device, which showed the minivan heading toward Rockford, and Illinois State Police alerted Rockford police about 10 a.m. that the cab was in the area.

A city police officer spotted it near Arnold Avenue and East State Street and attempted to stop it, but the driver got away in heavy traffic, said Rockford police Lt. Dane Person.

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

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