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Article updated: 7/6/2013 4:38 PM

$650,000 bail for Naperville man charged in cab driver stabbing

By Josh Stockinger

Bail was set at $650,000 Saturday for a Naperville man accused of stabbing a taxi driver and stealing his cab.

Maurice Martin, 33, appeared before Kane County Judge Susan Clancy Boles on charges including aggravated battery and aggravated vehicular hijacking. He was charged additionally with violating an order of protection and felony stalking stemming from an incident in June, according to court records.

Police arrested Martin around 5 p.m. Thursday after a lengthy car chase from the Warrenville area to Aurora's east side. Early that morning, authorities said, Martin stabbed a 39-year-old cabdriver in the throat with a sharp object and fled in the Aurora man's taxi.

Court records indicate Martin, of the 700 block of Inland Circle, has prior convictions in Kane for assault, retail theft and resisting a police officer.

In May, he was sentenced to 30 months of probation, counseling and about three months of jail time served after pleading guilty in a domestic battery case. Further details on the stalking charge weren't immediately available, officials said.

On Saturday, a public defender was appointed to represent Martin, who would have to post $65,000 to bond out of jail in the vehicular hijcaking case. His next court date is July 17 in St. Charles.

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