A St. Louis woman is accused of repeatedly stabbing her taxi driver and hijacking his car.
Ajla Zekan, 21, stabbed cabbie Inam Allah Khattak around 11 times “without notice,” on the night of Feb. 4, according to a probable cause statement from the Jefferson County obtained by Oxygen.com. Khattak was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his face, hand, chest, shoulder and lower torso, police said.
Zekan called Khattak’s cab that night to pick her up from a grocery store in Jefferson County, Missouri. Instead of giving him an address, however, she just told him to drive to a nearby intersection, Khattak told KMOV, a local outlet. She said her father would pay when they got there.
After some time, Zekan changed her mind about where she wanted to go and redirected Khattak to a different intersection, the driver told the station. They sat there for several minutes, and then Zekan said she wanted to go to a convenience store for cigarettes, Khattak said..
She tried to pay her fare with a debit card when she got back, but her card was declined. So she directed Khattak to a house where she said her father was, the cabbie told KMOV.
When Khattak parked the car, Zekan allegedly lunged at him and began slashing him with a knife.
“She told me, ‘I want to kill you,’” Khattak told the outlet.
When Khattak ran for help, Zekan climbed into the driver’s seat and drove off, police said.. The car was found abandoned about 10 miles north of the scene.
Khattak’s wounds weren’t life-threatening, although one was less than half an inch from one of his kidneys, Khattak told KMOV.
“He was in great agony and pain,” his friend Saqid Khan told news station KDSK after visiting him. “His eyes were burning. He was in extreme discomfort.”
Khattak rarely drives after dark, and the only reason he was on shift that night was because he was covering for a friend, he told KMOV.
He will be returning to work after he recovers.
“I’m glad to be alive,” he told the station.
Zekan has been charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is being held on $500,000 bail.
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