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Man arrested for slaying woman cabbie

THE man who killed a woman cabbie on April 26 in the city's suburban Minhang District has been arrested, local prosecutors said today. Zhu Yinyuan didn't pay his fare to the unlicensed taxi driver surnamed Yang and cut her throat with a knife. Witnesses saw Yang was waving at passers-by for help around 7pm on April 26. "She used one hand to cover her throat and the other to hold a cellphone," said a witness surnamed Zhang, who was then riding a moped. Yang handed her phone to Zhang to talk to her husband surnamed Hu and she was pronounced dead later in a hospital, the prosecutors said. Hu said he and his wife were operating an unlicensed taxi around a Metro station in Minhang. A surveillance video showed a young man wearing a cream-colored jacket, blue jeans and a pair of glasses took Yang's taxi at the station. Based on these clues, police caught Zhu, 21, two days later in a local Internet cafe. Zhu said he was going to Songjiang that day but found he didn't carry enough cash, so he asked the driver to turn around and stop at a residential complex where he got a bag with a knife and clothes in it, the prosecutors said. As Yang was calling her husband on the road, Zhu said he was afraid she was summoning people to beat him. So he took out the knife and slit the victim's throat twice before running away.

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