UPDATE: Suspect in cabbie stabbing caught

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 31

PHOENIX -- Police police arrested Jose Torres Montes Thursday morning at Sueno Park, which is located at 43rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

Patrol officers responded to an anonymous caller stating that the suspect wanted for the attack on the cab driver was in Sueno Park riding a bicycle, according to Detective Reuben M. Gonzales.

Officers arrived and detained Montes. When they compared him with the photos provided by investigators, they transported him to Phoenix Police Headquarters to be interviewed.

Gonzales said Montes will be booked on one count of attempted homicide, one count of armed robbery, one count of kidnapping, and one count theft of means of transportation.

ORIGINAL STORY: Wednesday, July 30

PHOENIX -- A woman is in critical condition after she was stabbed multiple times while driving a cab in Phoenix and the suspect has now been identified.

Suspect in custody
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Phoenix police say they believe Jose Torres Montes, 37, is responsible for this crime.

The woman reportedly was dumped and left for dead in the area of 33rd Avenue and Van Buren Street early Wednesday morning.

Det. Reuben Gonzales of the Phoenix Police Department said the suspect is an Hispanic man about 40 years old. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Gonzales said the man was wearing a mariachi-type outfit and was carrying a guitar, as well as a knife.

According to police, the call came in at about 4 a.m. from a dispatcher for Estrella Taxi. That dispatcher said one of the company's drivers had been attacked and left by a Dumpster near a trailer park.

Officers responding to the scene had a hard time finding the woman, but when they did, she was rushed to the hospital. She had been stabbed in the throat and the stomach. Doctors said the weapon barely missed vital organs. While the woman is listed in critical condition, she is expected to recover.

According to the dispatcher, the woman had not taken a call since about midnight.

Gonzales said the cab driver picked up the suspect in West Phoenix in the area of 47th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard at about 4 a.m.

"What led up to the suspect stabbing the taxicab driver, we don't know at this point. That's what we're working on," Gonzales said. "But at some point there was a confrontation inside the car. The suspect then stabbed the driver, an Hispanic female in her late 20s, multiple times and actually dumped her here in the area of 33rd and Madison."

Investigators discovered a bloody rag not far from where the woman was dumped, and believe it might be connected to the stabbing.

Gonzales said the driver was able to give police some information, including some details about the suspect, before she was taken to the hospital.

Two people were detained for questioning outside a home in the area of 47th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard. Neighbors told 3TV's Javier Soto that those two people are part of a mariachi band.

The cab the victim was driving in was found near 35th Avenue and Buckeye, but the suspect is still outstanding. Police believe the attack took place inside that car. Investigators have still not determined a motive in this crime. The suspect faces charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and attempted homicide.

Gonzales said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous so anybody who has information should call the police immediately.