By staff writer
An argument over a cab fare led to the attack
A man who stabbed a taxi driver in Dubai was arrested by authorities within 20 minutes of the attack being reported.
Dubai Police detained the stabber, an Arab national, who had hired the cab from Ajman to Riggat Al Buteen before getting into an argument with the driver over the fare.
"The man decided to leave the cab without paying the fare and ran away to a nearby building," said Brigadier Ali Ghanem, director of Al-Muraqqabat police station.
"The driver then decided to pursue the man and followed him to the building. The man got in the elevator, and the driver went after him climbing the stairs. When they finally met, the offender attacked the driver with a knife and stabbed his arm multiple times," he added.
Authorities arrived at the scene within two minutes, according to Ghanem, with two officers securing the exits until they were followed by a duty officer and detectives, who caught the offender hiding in the electricity room.
The taxi driver sustained a moderate injury and was transferred to a hospital for treatment, he added.
Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al-Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, hailed the fast response.
"Dubai Police prioritize attending to every crime report as fast as possible, deal with it professionally, arrest the offenders and bring them to justice," he said.