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Man accused of stabbing Alton cab driver in custody

ALTON, Ill. – Police have a 54-year-old man in custody for allegedly stabbing an Alton cab driver late Wednesday night.

According to Emily Hejna, a spokeswoman for the Alton Police Department, the incident took place around 10:30 p.m. on Atwood Street.

Hejna said 54-year-old Arthur Smallwood stabbed a driver for Alton’s Best Cabs over 12 times in the victim’s back, shoulder, and neck.

"He needs to pay for what he did to our driver,” said Scott Rardin, who owns the cab company owner.

Rardin said the victim, who has worked for him for 10 years, picked Smallwood up on Belle Street to be taken to Atwood Street.

Smallwood was taken into custody without incident after an officer saw him in the 2500 block of College Avenue just after 5:30 p.m.

The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Smallwood with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery. Between Highland Avenue and Putnam Street, police said Smallwood attacked the driver.

"He drove himself to the ER,” Rardin said. “He's a strong, strong person."

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

"This is his livelihood,” Rardin said. "That driver would have gave (sic) that person every dollar in his pocket if he just asked, you don't have hurt people."

Rardin said the victim was released and recovering at home.

Smallwood was taken into custody without incident after an officer saw him in the 2500 block of College Avenue just after 5:30 p.m.

The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Smallwood with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery.