Man arrested in connection with assault on cab driver

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police arrested a homeless man Tuesday afternoon in connection with an assault on a cab driver that happened Saturday night.

Jeremy Penick, 22, was questioned, and then booked into the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of attempted homicide.

At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, investigators say a cab driver picked up Penick and another man at Motel 6 at 176 W. 600 South and drove them to the Park Place Apartments, located at 731 S. 300 East.

Man arrested in connection with assault on cab driver

The two told the driver to park the car in one of the stalls. As soon as he put the vehicle in park, both passengers began punching the the driver.

One of the men had a knife or sharp object that cut the driver along the neck and ear. Penick and the other man fled from the taxi on foot.

The driver was transported to an area hospital in critical condition but has since been released and is recovering from his injuries.

Penick was arrested near 600 South and State Street Tuesday afternoon, but police are still looking for the second suspect.

He is described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, medium build, 175 to 180 pounds, no facial hair, and wearing a yellow hoodie, blue coat and blue pants.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the second man is asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department, 801-799-3000. Please reference 09-222492. Callers may remain anonymous.

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