Police investigating after two taxi drivers stabbed in Durham over the weekend

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One cab crashed into a pole as the driver tried to fend off his attacker.

An investigation is underway after two taxi cab drivers were stabbed in Durham during the weekend.

The friend of one of the drivers spoke to ABC11 anonymously after his colleague was cut several times by the attacker.

"When he got to the address, that's when he pulled the knife out to try to kill him," the friend said.

The cab driver suffered lacerations to his hands and arms trying to fight off the man.

Durham police are working to determine whether the incidents were connected.

The first incident was reported about 10:45 p.m. on April 14 in the 600 block of Burlington Avenue. A taxi driver for ABC Cab told officers he was driving his cab when a passenger in the back seat pulled a knife and took cash from him. The taxi driver and passenger struggled inside the taxi and the taxi crashed into a phone pole.

The taxi driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

The second incident was reported shortly before 9 p.m. on April 15 near the intersection of East Cornwallis Road and East Weaver Street. A taxi driver for Bakainy Cab told officers he was getting ready to drop off a passenger when the passenger pulled a knife on him and demanded money.

The taxi driver struggled with the suspect and the suspect fled without taking anything. The taxi driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

The suspect in both cases was described only as a black man wearing dark clothing, hardly a constructive lead for police to go on.

Taxi drivers say they are vulnerable and these attacks happen too often.

Some wonder whether city leaders and police can take more action to keep them safe.

"It's like just give you a report and let you go..that's a problem," the friend said. "They are not stopping other people to do the crime. It's not just for us as a taxi driver. It's for everybody."
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