Julian F. Rodriguez charged with robbing, stabbing Checker cab driver in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man has been charged in the robbery and stabbing of a cab driver Thursday night.

Julian F. Rodriguez, 20, faces 1st degree robbery and armed criminal action charges, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday.

Police believe that Rodriguez stabbed the cab driver at least seven times in her shoulder, back, ear and face after a dispute about money near 52nd Terrace and Sycamore Avenue, then stole her car.

Checker Cab has GPS units in all of its cabs and around 10 a.m. Friday, the company picked up on the stolen vehicle near The Paseo and Brush Creek.

Checker Cab alerted Kansas City Police and officers located the vehicle. Police said Rodriguez fled, taking officers on a chase reaching 117 miles per hour.

Rodriguez ditched the car on the side of Frontage Road just off Interstate 49 (formerly 71 Highway) in Grandview. Police said he took off on foot, but was quickly captured nearby.

Rodriguez had cash cards in his pocket bearing the victim's name and was positively identified by the cab driver in a photo lineup as the person who stabbed and robbed her, according to the probable cause statement.

Police say Rodriguez confessed to every detail of the robbery and stabbing during questioning. 

Craig Bates of Checker Cab said attacks on his drivers are increasingly rare due to GPS units in vehicles and because drivers carry less cash than in years past.

Bates said he spoke with the driver's family who said she will recover from her injuries.

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