Cabbie's deodorant thwarts attack

July 3, 2009 6:56:13 AM PDT
Police in suburban Chicago say a taxi driver who didn't have Mace handy when he was attacked by a knife-wielding passenger instead disarmed the man with a can of aerosol deodorant.

Elgin Deputy Police Chief Jeff Swoboda says the 51-year-old cabbie picked up the male passenger early Thursday outside a casino. Swoboda said the driver grew suspicious when the man offered several destinations, so he surreptitiously placed the small can of deodorant between his legs.

Shortly afterward, the passenger put a knife to the driver's neck and demanded money. The cabbie sprayed the deodorant in the man's eyes, causing him to drop the knife.

Swoboda says the man punched the driver before fleeing, but didn't seriously injure him.

Swoboda declined to identify the driver.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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