ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis woman has been arrested in the stabbing of a cab driver last week.
St. Louis County police arrested 21-year-old Ajla Zekan during a traffic stop Saturday, four days after the stabbing attack near the town of Arnold. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
According to a probable cause statement, while Zekan was seated in the back of the cab, she stabbed the driver "without notice" about 11 times with a knife approximately 4 to 6 inches (10.16 centimeters to 15.24 centimeters) long. Police said the driver didn't sustain life-threatening injuries.
The driver ran from the cab to get help, and Zekan climbed into the driver's seat of the taxi and fled the scene, according to the probable cause statement. The cab later was found abandoned about 10 miles (16.09 kilometers) away.
Police say Zekan is currently homeless. She is being held on $500,000 bail.
Her criminal history includes a felony stealing charge, for which she was released on bond on Jan. 28.