Woman robs cab driver at knifepoint, slashes him in the cheek

A woman robbed a cab driver at knifepoint in the Bayview on Thursday and cut the driver's face in the process, police said Friday.

The 71-year-old driver picked the woman up in the unit block of Dakota Street some time before 10:45 p.m. and she requested to be driven to the 1000 block of Palou Avenue, police said.

The woman, who appeared to be 25 to 35 years old, put the driver in a headlock and cut the man's face as she demanded his property as they approached their destination, police said.

The driver stopped the cab and tried to fight the woman off until she fled the cab with the driver's cellphone and cash, police said. She fled on foot on Palou.

The cab driver sustained a cut to his cheek but refused medical attention at the scene.

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