August 25, 2016 - 6:51 AM
KAMLOOPS - Kamloops RCMP arrested a 19-year-old man after releasing video and still images to the public yesterday.
Staff Sgt. Robert Daly public assistance led to the arrest.
On Wednesday, police released a video and still images of the suspect wanted in connection with the stabbing of a cab driver from earlier that morning, Aug. 24. The driver delivered his customer to Pleasant Street near 8 Avenue around 2 a.m., Aug. 24, when he was stabbed, according to a RCMP media release.
The cabbie was seriously hurt and remains at Royal Inland Hospital with what police called "life-threatening" injuries.
General Manager of Kami Cabs, Satinder Mann, confirmed it was one of his drivers.
RCMP said they were looking for a a Caucasian male with short dark hair. At the time of the assault he was wearing a dark blue hoody with Crooks & Castles written in white on the front.
PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE
President of the B.C. Taxi Association, Mohan Kang, says incidents like this don't happen often in Kamloops, but when they do it sends a shock through the community.
"We simply want the public to understand that all the drivers are there… (are trying) to put the food on the table for their family," Kang says. "Their family wants to see them come back every time they go on shift."
Kang says it hasn't been decided if there will be a change in driver protocol, but he's open to suggestions.
"All the companies have their own driver training. They always tell the driver to avoid any argument," Kang says.
Kang says if a passenger refuses to pay their fare and starts becoming violent, the driver is directed to park the cab and let the person out instead of fighting for the money.
"Majority of the customers are really good customers, but incidents like this, I think there should be zero tolerance from the public and the RCMP."
– This story was updated at 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, to include new information from Kami Cabs and the B.C. Taxi Association.
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