By Kristina Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are investigating after they say a taxi driver was stabbed several times in the back by a passenger.

Authorities say around 12:44 p.m. on October 16, a taxi driver on duty for ‘All Threes Taxi Company’ was dispatched to the 800 block of North Markoe Street to pick up a man by the name of “James.”

Authorities say the passenger instructed the driver to go to the 5800 block of Race Street.

Police say once the taxi driver reached the destination, the suspect grabbed him by the neck from behind.

When the driver tried to break free, the suspect stabbed him several times in the back, authorities say.


The suspect then exited the vehicle and was last seen headed north on North 58th Street from Race Street.

The driver was taken to Presbyterian Trauma Center and treated for multiple lacerations.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 20 years old, short, with a thin build and a beard. They say he was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and light colored pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or submit a tip to 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.