FORDHAM HEIGHTS, the Bronx — Fare evasion turned violent Jan. 20 when one cab passenger stabbed a driver shortly after running away with two others, police said Wednesday.

About 9:18 p.m., the 34-year-old driver picked up three passengers — two men and a woman — on Bronx Boulevard. The three passengers asked to be taken to 184 Street and Creston Avenue, and fled the cab without paying when they arrived there, police said.

The driver was able to catch up to the woman and grab her, police said, but then one of the men returned and stabbed him several times in the chest. After the attack, all three suspects fled on foot.

Police said the suspects also stole an undetermined amount of money from the driver after attacking him. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital and treated.

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