Cabdriver injured in carjacking

Man forced to drive five hours was stabbed

August 12, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

A driver was released from the hospital yesterday, a day after his cab was carjacked at daybreak in Glen Burnie and he was forced to drive for five hours before being stabbed and left in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Though wounded, driver John A. Mack, 40, managed to drive his cab about five miles to St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore, where he was treated for his injuries.

According to police, Mack had just finished his shift about 6 a.m. when he stopped at a Crown gas station at Ritchie Highway and Eighth Avenue to make a phone call home.

As he returned from the pay phone to his car, two people approached and, brandishing a gun and a knife, forced Mack into his vehicle, police said.

Police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan said the two disabled the cab's communications system to prevent Mack from calling for help and then took almost $200 from the Glen Burnie man before forcing him to drive them to various spots in Baltimore County and in the Cherry Hill section of Baltimore City.

Jordan could not give more details on Mack's route and did not know why the two demanded that the cabdriver take them to the different locales.

After about five hours, the two told Mack to drive to the 2800 block of Frederick Road in Baltimore County. When he stopped the cab at the location, one of the suspects stabbed Mack in the right side, and the pair fled the scene on foot, Jordan said.

Mack was unavailable for comment yesterday evening.

County police are searching for the two suspects, Jordan said.

"Certainly, this is a very scary situation for everybody involved," Jordan said. "So that's why we encourage everyone to keep their doors and windows locked [while driving]. We always want them to be cautious and aware of their surroundings."

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