Suspect chases cab driver around with knife; asks to go to jail

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COTTONWOOD - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On March 20, 2009 at approximately 10 A.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies met with an assault victim in the parking lot of the Prescott Detention Center.The 55-year-old victim, a taxi cab driver and Prescott resident, reported that a customer had assaulted him after refusing to pay a fare. He had driven directly to the jail with the customer after the incident.

The victim explained he picked up a customer, 24-year-old Cottonwood resident Jacob Bundy, in Prescott Valley. Bundy asked for a ride to a location on Senator Highway where he planned to meet some friends. Upon arrival, Bundy was asked to pay the $32.00 fare and Bundy claimed he only had $8.00 dollars. The victim explained that he would turn Bundy into the police if he did not pay the fare. At this point, the victim told deputies Bundy produced a knife and chased him around the cab threatening to stab him. The victim then offered an opportunity to take Bundy to a bank so he could obtain money for the fare. Bundy agreed and ceased his attempt to assault the victim.

On the way to the bank, Bundy suggested the driver just take him to jail. The victim agreed, drove to the parking lot of the Prescott Detention Center and contacted deputies. A knife was recovered from Bundy's pants pocket. Based on the allegations and investigation, Bundy was booked into the Detention Center for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Theft of Services. Bundy remains in-custody and is due in court on March 26 for an Early Disposition Appearance.