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Buffalo taxi driver stabbed; passenger fled without paying fare


BUFFALO, New York — Police in Buffalo are looking for a man who stabbed a taxi driver and ran off without paying the cab fare.

Police tell the Buffalo News ( ) that the cabbie, 55-year-old Lester Sessum, told officers he was dropping off a passenger at 15th and Vermont streets around 10:20 Saturday night, when the passenger asked if he could use the driver's cell phone. Police say the passenger grabbed Sessum's cell phone and stabbed him in the chest, abdomen and hands, then ran off.

Sessum drove himself to a nearby hospital and was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition.

The passenger was described as a 30-year-old man with short hair, wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt, and a baseball cap.

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