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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.

Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch