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Man charged in cabbie assault incident

A Minneapolis man has been charged with a felony following an apparent altercation with a Twin Cities' taxicab driver in Baldwin.

Cordaro Dwayne Little, 22, was being held on $25,000 bail following a hearing last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

The criminal complaint said at 6:40 p.m. on Nov. 23 a Blue-and-White cab crashed into a dumpster and a parked car at Greenfield Elementary School in Baldwin. The cab driver, Abdi Mohammed Askar, 29, was lying about 30 feet from the vehicle suffering from puncture and slash wounds on his neck and internal injuries when police arrived. He was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Little was allegedly seen running away from the crash and was apprehended by an off-duty Minnesota police officer. A blood-stained knife was located 50 feet from him.

Little was a passenger in the cab from Minneapolis to Baldwin. An argument developed about the fare between Little and the driver who Little said pulled out a knife. A struggle ensued and the cab crashed into the dumpster at a high rate of speed, the complaint said.

A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday (Dec. 2).