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Taxi Driver Stabbed After Offering Man A Ride Near Fort Mylner

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A taxi driver said his offer to give someone a ride downtown early this morning went awry after he made it known to the passenger that it was a for-pay ride and then the man threw a bottle at him and stabbed him in the chest.

Police were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Hospital and Medical Center at 7:22 a.m. today after hospital officials notified authorities that a man was being treated for injuries he sustained in an assault that occurred near Fort Myliner.

Once at the hospital, police met with the man who said that he was driving near Fort Mylner when he saw an unknown black man standing on the corner of Banco Popular about 6 a.m. The taxi driver offered a ride to the man.

Before the passenger got into the vehicle, the man informed the passenger that he was only offering assistance because he is a taxi driver. After that, a verbal fight ensued and the passenger then threw a glass bottle at him.

The taxi driver then got out of his vehicle to ask the man what the problem was and the man lunged at the taxi driver with a knife and stabbed him in the chest, according to police.

The passenger and the taxi driver then fought until the driver was able to push his attacker away from him. Then the man with the knife ran away with the driver chasing after him on foot.

Police said that the taxi driver told them he had driven himself to the hospital for treatment.

Anyone having information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9807 ext. 5556, Crime Stoppers or the Chief’s Office at (340) 774-2211.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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