ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on the fatal stabbing of a taxi driver in Albuquerque (all times local):

6 p.m.

Police say a man suspected of fatally stabbing a cab driver in Albuquerque believed he was being followed by the Illuminati.

Police say 46-year-old Victor Ortiz believed he was being watched and that someone was going to steal his money and drugs.

Ortiz then attacked the driver with a sword. Police haven’t identified the victim.

They say a witness took the cabdriver to the hospital but that he died of his wounds.

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11:45 a.m.

Albuquerque police say a man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a taxi driver.

Officer Fred Duran says a witness’ description led to the arrest of Victor Ortiz on suspicion of murder in the Thursday night incident.

Duran says the witness also provided medical assistance to the wounded driver who later died at a hospital.

The victim’s identity was not released immediately.

Online court records don’t immediately indicate whether Ortiz has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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8:35 a.m.

Authorities are investigating the stabbing death of a taxi driver in southeast Albuquerque.

The driver was found early Friday morning after a taxi parked at the emergency entrance of a hospital was spotted with blood on the driver-side door.

Investigators say they have a suspect in custody.

This is the second time in six months that a taxi driver has been killed in Albuquerque.

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