Cabbie stabbed, robbed in Castro 

A cab driver was beaten, stabbed and robbed in the Castro district Monday night, police reported.

The driver, described as a man around 50 years old, sustained stab wounds that were upgraded Tuesday from life-threatening to non-life-threatening. He was stabbed several times, including in his face.

At about 7:12 p.m., police received reports that a cab driver had been attacked on the 200 block of States Street, just south of Corona Heights Park and two blocks west of Castro Street.

The driver is believed to have been in his car when he was attacked, but police are still investigating whether the assailant was a fare or had just flagged the taxi down. The perpetrator first beat the cab driver, then stabbed him several times, and then robbed him and fled, Officer Boaz Mariles said.

The suspect is described as a black man in a black-and-gray hooded sweatshirt. He is believed to have fled on foot after the attack, Mariles said. Police are not releasing the name of the cab company, but there was a surveillance camera in the cab so they are reviewing that footage, as the robber was a passenger in the car.

Mariles said that though there have been several stabbings, car-jackings and assaults over the last few days, but no more than usual. He said it is too soon to say whether the incident is related to any others.

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