Milwaukee man stabs taxi driver and sets cab on fire

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34-year-old Milwaukee man arrested over stabbing a taxi driver on the neck.

Milwaukee, USA — Police arrested 34-year-old Scott Perez after stabbing a taxi driver on the neck and lighting his cab on fire.

According to reports, the incident happened around 2pm, when Perez booked for a private taxi to go to the airport. Perez claimed that a friend recommended the driver’s services. However, the suspect was calling with a blocked number, and so the driver asked for a different number.

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Furthermore, the taxi driver is friends with the mother of Perez’s children.

The driver picked up the suspect in a 2015 black Lincoln and made small talks during the ride. As they were nearing Layton and Howell, Perez allegedly asked if the driver had a wife or a girlfriend. The driver then mentioned that he was friends with a person with the same name as the mother of Perez’s children.

After answering, Perez then stabbed the driver in the neck with a knife. Court records said that the victim slammed the brakes, took out the knife, and jumped out the vehicle.

The suspect then transferred to the driver’s seat and continued to circle the block while the driver was asking for help.

Moreover, Perez stopped by Wilson Park where he asked a man if he had a lighter and if he could use it. The suspect then used the lighter to set the cab on fire.

Authorities lifted fingerprints off the vehicle which matched to Perez. The suspect is now facing one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide by use of a dangerous weapon, one count of armed robbery and one count of arson.

If found guilty, Perez will face over 100 years of prison and over $100,000 in fines.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 29.

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