Updated at 6:15 p.m. with suspect in custody.
ALTON • Police arrested a man they say stabbed a cab driver inside his taxi more than 12 times and left him for dead on Wednesday night.
A patrol officer quietly took Arthur E. Smallwood, 54, into custody late Thursday afternoon, police said.
Smallwood had been the focus of a search and a warning that he should be considered armed and dangerous earlier in the day.
He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office. Bond has been set at $1 million.
The brutal attack happened about 10:15 p.m. on Atwood Street, according to Alton Public Information Officer Emily Hejna.
Smallwood allegedly stabbed the victim, a driver for Alton's Best Cabs, more than 12 times in the back, shoulder and neck. The driver was taken to a St. Louis hospital, where he is being treated. His condition was not released.