Soldier held in stabbing of cab driver near Hanau
May 13, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A U.S. soldier remains in a German jail after police said he stabbed a taxi cab driver, stole his car and tried to get away last Saturday near Hanau.
The 22-year-old American threatened the cab driver with a knife in a supermarket parking lot and demanded money, according to a German police report.
The U.S. Army identified the soldier as Pvt. Michael L. Munoz. He is assigned to the 127th Military Police Company in Hanau, said Maj. Al Hing, a spokesman for the 21st Theater Support Command in Kaiserslautern.
The driver tried to escape, but he got tangled in his safety belt, police said.
Munoz stabbed the driver once in his chest, but the driver was able to get out of the car and call police, according to the report.
The soldier took off with the vehicle, but he ran into an electrical box less than a mile from the scene of the robbery, the report said. Munoz tried to flee on foot, but the police tracked him down and arrested him.
A local newspaper reported the cab driver was treated and released from a nearby hospital with minor injures. The paper also reported that a police car responding to the robbery collided with an Alfa-Romeo at an intersection. The passenger in the police car and the driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injures.