Police: Robber slashes cabbie with box cutter, steals his phone

SEATTLE -- Police say a man assaulted and robbed a cab driver early Monday morning in North Seattle, but he didn't have long to enjoy his score.

Officers were called to a Safeway parking lot in the 8300 block of 15th Avenue NW just before 3 a.m. Police soon learned that a Shuttle Express driver had been slashed with a box cutter and robbed of his cell phone.

A police dog led officers to a residential area a few blocks away, where they found a man hiding under a parked car near a home in the 8500 block of 14th Avenue NW.

The suspected robber was taken into custody and the injured cab driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police say his injuries are not life threatening.