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ST. ANN • A 17-year-old is in police custody after officers say he stabbed and carjacked an Uber driver who had given him and two of his friends a ride to a home in St. Ann on Sunday afternoon.

The victim, a 47-year-old man, was initially taken to a nearby hospital for cuts to his face and throat, but doctors determined his injuries were severe enough for him to be taken by helicopter to SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital, said St. Ann Police Lt. Dan Cowsert. The victim’s medical condition after the 3:30 p.m. attack was not available.

The suspect was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital, where he was being treated for a cut to his hand that he got during the attack, Cowsert said.

Police say the victim picked up the suspect and two of his friends along Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis in a newer model Mazda. He took them to a home near Geraldine and Lorraine avenues, where two of the teenage passengers got out of the car and got their belongings out of the trunk, Cowsert said.

When they looked back for their friend, they told police they saw him attacking the driver, Cowsert said.

“They had absolutely nothing to do with it,” he said. “They were pretty shaken up. This was a completely random attack.”

The victim escaped from the car and ran for help at a nearby home while the suspect drove away in his car, and the two witnesses called police.

Bridgeton police tried to pull the car over for traffic violations before learning it was taken in a carjacking. The driver did not initially stop, and officers pursued the car until the driver pulled over near Highways 370 and 141, about 7 miles away from the attack. The suspect surrendered, Cowsert said.

Christine Byers is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.