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KC man charged in taxi carjack 'exhilarated' by attack on cab driver

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 10:48 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 11:37 a.m.

A Kansas City man was charged Friday night in the stabbing attack Thursday night of a female Checker Cab driver.

Julian F. Rodriguez, 20, faces charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the case that also involved stealing the taxi.

Rodriguez was arrested Friday morning after a high-speed chase that ended with a crash and foot pursuit in Grandview.

According to court records, the cab driver was stabbed seven times in her shoulder, back, ear and through her hand into her face. The driver told police her attacker was laughing at her while he was stabbing her and ordering her to get out of the vehicle.

The driver had picked up the fare at 6:30 p.m. at the North-East branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 6000 Wilson Road. He initially said he wanted to go to an address in the 500 block of Tracy Avenue but changed his mind and told the driver to take him to the 5200 block of Sycamore Avenue. The driver asked him to pay up-front but he refused.

When they arrived at the Sycamore address the man asked the driver to pull into a driveway. When she refused he began hitting her in the head and stabbing her.

The driver told police she tried to use a Taser on the man but he pushed her away. When she opened the taxi door the man pulled her out and drove off in the cab.

On Friday morning the taxi’s GPS signal was picked up by the cab company, indicating the cab was southbound on Bruce Watkins Drive at Meyer Boulevard. Police spotted it shortly after 10 a.m. at 87th Street and attempted to stop him, but he led officers on a high-speed chase into Grandview. Police said the man “was driving like a maniac” at speeds topping 100 mph.

The man crashed the cab on the outer road of Interstate 49 and Main Street. He attempted to run but was captured by police. He had a retail cash card bearing the cab driver’s name in his pocket.

The cab driver identified the suspect from a photo lineup. Her injuries were described by police as severe but not critical.

According to court documents, Rodriguez admitted to every detail of the robbery and stabbing “in a calm, matter-of-fact tone” and said the experience was exhilarating. He also told investigators, according to the documents, that when he does bad things he tries to learn from them so he can better get away with them.

The documents say he also told police that after the stabbing attack and robbery he picked up a female friend and the two went to eat and to a movie and then had sex in the cab on the Country Club Plaza. He said he slept in the cab and was on his way to another girlfriend’s house when police spotted him.

To reach Matt Campbell call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com

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