Man charged in stabbing of cab driver

Driver refused to give him a ride, police say

January 10, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 23-year-old Elkridge man was charged with first-degree assault yesterday in the stabbing of a taxicab driver who refused to transport him, Howard County police say.

Police said Ian Donnelly Parker of the 6600 block of Deep Run Parkway approached the driver, William McCoy, 50, of Baltimore, about 1:40 a.m. on Washington Boulevard in Elkridge. Parker asked McCoy to give him a ride, but McCoy said he was off-duty and was not taking any more customers, police said.

Police said the man took out a knife and stabbed McCoy in his left side. McCoy was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released about 7:30 a.m., a hospital spokeswoman said.

About an hour after the stabbing, police said, officers found Parker about two miles from the crime scene and arrested him.

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