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UPDATE: Two Arrested In Salina Cab Driver Stabbing

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Jason Kenneth, 28, and Robert A. Simmons, 24, were arrested Friday.

Jason Kenneth (left) and Robert A. Simmons

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UPDATE: Friday, March 22, 2013

Two suspects have been arrested in connection to the stabbing of a Salina cab driver Thursday night.

Salina Police Lt. Scott Siemsen says 28-year-old Jason Kenneth was arrested around 8 a.m. Friday. Robert A. Simmons, 24, was arrested around 5 p.m. at a bus depot in the 600 block of Westport Boulevard. Both men are from Salina.

They were charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. Bond for each man was set at $100,000.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Salina Police are searching for two suspects after a cab driver was stabbed last night.

It began just after 7:30 Thursday night when a cab from Sunflower Taxi was called to pick up two men near 13th and Pacific. The driver took them to a nearby location then brought them right back, and that's when police say the attack occurred.

The suspect who was sitting directly behind the driver pulled a knife and stabbed him several times in the head and face area. The driver was able to exit the car and get away before he eventually collapsed.

The 60-year-old man was later taken to a Salina hospital before being transferred to Wichita. Police say he has a serious wound near one of his eyes, but that his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police are looking for two men, one white and one black. They were both described as being in their 20s and were wearing dark-colored hoodies. At least one witness saw the two running northbound from the cab after the attack occurred.

A K-9 was deployed and police say some evidence has been recovered.

Police say the driver's cell phone is missing and at this point believe robbery may have been the motive. When captured, the suspects could face multiple charges including attempted murder, aggravated battery and robbery.

We have a crew in Salina tracking the story. We'll have more coming up on KAKE News at 11. Check back for updates.


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