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A taxicab driver was stabbed by a passenger around 10:20 p.m. Saturday while dropping him off at 15th and Vermont streets and waiting for fare payment, Central District police said.

After the passenger exited the vehicle, he asked the cabbie, Lester Sessum, if he could use his cellphone. He grabbed the driver’s phone and stabbed him in his chest, stomach and hands, police said.

The suspect, described as a 30-year-old man with short hair and wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and a baseball cap, fled, authorities said.

Sessum, 55, of Laurel Avenue, drove himself to Women & Children’s Hospital. He was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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