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Man accused of pulling knife on cabbie

A Rochester man was arrested early this morning after authorities say he pulled a knife on a cab driver.

Dean Ryan Kline, 33, could be charged with second-degree assault as a result, said Capt. John Sherwin.

The incident began about 12:45 a.m. with a request for a ride to Byron; the cabbie picked up Kline in northwest Rochester.

Kline's behavior quickly made the victim "uneasy," Sherwin said, by breaking a phone and throwing the pieces out the window, "talking a lot, then not at all."

The driver made an excuse to stop at a business on 40th Avenue Northwest, hoping to get Kline out of the vehicle, the report says. Instead, Kline allegedly pulled a knife and said, "nope, you're going to take me to Byron."


The victim drove south on West Circle Drive, then stopped, got out of the cab and ran to the Kwik Trip at 3531 Ninth St. NW, Sherwin said. He ran behind the counter and asked employees to call law enforcement.

Kline threw more things out of the vehicle, then chased the man to the store, the report says, and was still there when police arrived. He was arrested at gunpoint.

Officers recovered a knife in a garbage can at Kwik Trip.

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