A dispute between taxi drivers on a downtown street has left one with a deep gash to his arm, and the other, a wanted man.
San Antonio police said the two got into a disagreement about parking in the 100 block of College St. before 9 a.m. Wednesday. The angry words then led to one driver pulling out a weapon.
“One of them produced a cutting instrument,” said Sgt. Daniel Simpson. “Sliced the victim ... on the left arm pretty good with a knife or razor blade.”
Paramedics treated the injured driver at the scene. The suspect drove away, but police did not expect him to get far.
“We know who it was. His name is documented with our downtown transportation unit,” Simpson said.
According to witnesses, the drivers worked for competing cab companies. The victim was driving a cab bearing the San Antonio Taxi Company logo. It was unclear for which company the suspect works.
Other drivers who arrived at the scene after the incident were surprised to hear what happened. They said competition for the prime parking spots, outside the Omni La Mansion del Rio hotel, can be fierce.
“Just too many cabs. It's real hard to get a spot. Sometimes you drive around for, like, an hour," said Mostafa Mahmoud, as he waited for a fare. “It’s like everybody’s fighting to get a crab.”
Abdul Karim agreed, but said the idea that the competition actually led to violence seems a bit extreme.
“It’s very sad. Very sad,” he said. “It’s not good for us, you know?”
Chances are, however, that there will be one less cab on that street.
The driver who ran away will, most likely, face criminal charges when police catch up with him.