A Naperville man was charged today with stabbing a taxi driver in the throat and stealing the cab in Aurora early Thursday, authorities said.
Maurice A. Martin of the 700 block of Inland Circle was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery, aggravated fleeing and eluding police, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Aurora police said.
Martin was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading police on a lengthy pursuit and remains behind bars at the Aurora Police Department. He is expected to appear before a Kane County judge on Saturday.
The 39-year-old driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The incident began at about 4:45 a.m. Thursday, when the driver, who is an Aurora resident and works for Eagle Taxi Company, received a call from Martin who requested to be picked up at a Naperville gas station in the 600 block of North Route 59, police said.
After the driver showed up, Martin entered the cab and asked to be driven to the Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora, police said. While enroute to that location, the driver dropped Martin off at a gas station in the 600 block of North Broadway Avenue so Martin could get change for a $100 bill, police said.
When Martin got back into the taxi he told the driver he changed his mind and wanted to go to a different location, and gave the driver street-by-street instructions.
After driving through several streets, the driver pulled to the curb in the area of Spring and North Fourth Streets.
Martin and the driver then got into a short argument about Martin’s final destination, police said. As they argued, Martin held a sharp object, which police believe was a broken plastic license plate holder frame, to the driver’s throat and cut him.
The driver then jumped from the cab, which was slowly moving forward. As the cab came to rest against another vehicle, Martin jumped from the back seat to the driver’s seat and took off with the cab eastbound on Spring Street, police said.
The victim was taken to an Aurora hospital for treatment and was later released.
Later Thursday at about 4:50 p.m., the stolen cab was spotted by an off-duty DuPage County Forest Preserve police officer near Butterfield Road and Route 59, and a pursuit was initiated by officers from the Warrenville and Naperville police departments, police said.
Aurora Police officers took over the pursuit in the area of Route 59 and North Aurora Road. The pursuit then proceeded through numerous side streets and eventually ended up on Aurora’s Near East side.
Aurora Police stopped the pursuit when they learned that an Illinois State Police plane that happened to be airborne in the area had a clear view of the vehicle’s location and direction of travel.
Shortly before the pursuit ended, police officers along the way successfully deployed stop sticks.
The vehicle eventually came to a stop at Ohio Street and Harriet Avenue, where Martin was taken into custody without incident. At the time the vehicle finally stopped, one of its tires was destroyed because of the stop sticks.
Martin was taken to an Aurora hospital for treatment of minor injuries he apparently sustained when he collided with an Aurora Police squad. That collision resulted in minor damage and no injuries to the police officer.
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