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October 30, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Race an apparent factor in attack on cabbie

Seattle police say an attack on a cab driver early Sunday morning in Belltown was racially motivated.

According to police, the incident happened in the 400 block of Cedar Street. The suspect, who is white, got into a cab and asked the driver, “What race are you?”

Police said that when the driver replied that he was Indian, the suspect punched him in the face, cutting the skin above his eye, then fled.

The driver, who declined medical attention, told police that the suspect had a Swiss Army knife. After police found the suspect and arrested him, the cab driver positively identified him.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail.

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