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Man in custody after stabbing of taxi driver

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man is in custody, accused of robbing and stabbing a taxi driver early Sunday morning.

Braxton Thomas Cray, 22, is currently being held on one count of first degree assault and armed criminal action after he was charged through the Scott County Prosecutor's office. Bond is set at $50,000 and he is currently being held at the Scott County Jail.

According to reports, officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to Jay's Taxi Service at 111 N. Kingshighway on a call about an assault and robbery at just after 1 a.m. Sunday.

The victim Charlie T. Hale, 38, of Sikeston, told officers he picked up a fare on Sixth Street and took him to the area of Vernon. Near Vernon Street, Hale said he was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash and stabbed in the chest by the fare. He drove himself back to Jay's Taxi and called police. Before being taken to the Missouri Delta Medical Center, Hale was able to give officers a description of the suspect. Hale is currently at MDMC in guarded condition.

From the information given to them, DPS was able to come up with Cray as their suspect and apprehended him. During an interview with Cray, investigators said they obtained a confession along with details of how the suspect assaulted Hale and the weapon used.

DPS encourages anyone with information about this incident or crimes to call 471-6200 or 471-1500. All communications are confidential.