Police arrest man accused of stabbing cab driver in the neck more than 12 times

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Alton police on Thursday arrested a man accused of stabbing a cab driver in the neck more than 12 times, according to a Facebook post by the department.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for Arthur E. Smallwood, 54, on charges of attempted first-degree murder and battery.

Police said in a press release that Smallwood, who is from Alton, stabbed a driver for Alton’s Best Cabs more than 12 times, causing multiple wounds to the driver’s back, shoulder and neck.

Police had warned people not to attempt to apprehend Smallwood. Instead, people were asked to contact the Alton Police Department with information at 618-463-3505 or anonymously at 618-465-5948.

Bail for Smallwood was set at $1 million.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6