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A cab driver with Alton's Best Cab company was injured in an armed robbery Wednesday night in Alton, and his alleged attacker has been charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery. 54-year-old Arthur E. Smallwood of Alton is accused of stabbing the driver over twelve times causing multiple lacerations to the victim’s back, shoulder and neck.
The call came in at about 10:15pm as the unidentified driver was attacked while on Atwood Street, which runs between Putnam Street and Highland Avenue in the city's Mexico neighborhood. Smallwood was taken into custody by Alton Police late Thursday afternoon in the 2500 block of College Avenue without incident. He is being held on a $1-million bond.