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Local cab drivers react to Schenectady stabbing

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - NEWS10 spoke with some area cab drivers about an alleged brutal attack on a cab driver in Schenectady and what they had to say was alarming.

John Nolan, President of ACME Taxi, gave insight into the risk drivers say they take every day.

"It's unfortunate. Driving taxi is a very dangerous job," said Nolan.

Derek Leach, 28, a cab driver with Glove City Taxi in Gloversville found out just how dangerous driving cab can be.

Police say Leach was brutally stabbed by 18-year-old Desere Shaw of Gloversville when Leach dropped her off near an apartment building in Schenectady Thursday night. Leach suffered stab wounds to the face arm and back. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in critical condition.

When a local cab driver with ACME Taxi of Albany heard about the attack he was concerned but not surprised. Nolan says there is little protection for cab drivers.

"A lot of times people will ride in the front seat with you and you really have no protection. Even in the back seat of a taxi you have very limited protection," said Nolan.

Doug Draiss with Advantage Transit says his company has cameras in every vehicle, and although it may not stop a crime, it could help with response to one.

"They can see where the cabs going, where the cab came from. They can see the interior of the cab. If the cab driver calls the dispatcher and says there's a problem with another driver or a customer the dispatcher can zero in on the location," said Draiss.

Nolan says saying 'no' to certain clients is also good safety protocol.

"I've had situations where people have approached me for a ride and I've turned them down. I'm not afraid to turn people down. I only let people in that I feel comfortable with," said Nolan.

Desere Shaw was arraigned in Schenectady City Court Sunday morning. Shaw faces charges of assault, grand larceny, and attempted murder.

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