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Elderly cabbie robbed, stabbed before crashing into phone pole, police say


An elderly taxi cab driver was stabbed and robbed before he crashed into a poll in Charlotte early Friday morning.

The incident occurred at Park and Fairview Roads around 7:40 a.m., according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

A white male stabbed the elderly cab driver and stole his cab, police said.

Gary Hinson, the cab driver, suffered cuts to his face, head, neck, arms and hands, according to police.

He crashed the cab into a phone poll just up the street in front of Selwyn Commons Condominiums on the 4900 block of Park Road.

The cab driver was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Mecklenburg MEDIC.

Brian Chandler, 41, is charged with assault with a deadly with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, vehicle theft and interference with an electronic monitoring device, police said.

Chandler caught the cab off of Carowinds Boulevard. He assaulted Hinson and robbed him of the cab at Park Road and Fairview Road. 

He later crashed into a telephone pole in front of 4915 Park Road, and ran from the vehicle.

Chandler was on electronic monitoring for domestic violence related charges and cut off his device while inside the apartment complex.

Officers were able to take him into custody at this location. 

After the arrest,  Chandler was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of the injuries he sustained in the car crash.

Chandler already had a scheduled court appearance scheduled for October 29 for charges including harassing phone calls, filing a false police report and stalking, according to court records.

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