Police said they arrested a Miami man for attempted murder and armed carjacking after he took control of a taxicab and stabbed the driver multiple times in his face overnight.
A yellow cab driver picked up Dermaine Hayes, 33, at a Valero gas station at NW 90th Street and NW 22nd Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said.
Hayes sat in the front passenger seat, and at some point during the ride he robbed the driver and stabbed him, leaving cuts on his face and left eye damage, the arrest affidavit against Hayes says.
The victim told police that Hayes threatened to kill him if he did not give him money, and then beat him and stabbed him.
Hayes said in court Tuesday that he wanted to see a doctor because he is schizophrenic paranoid.
After the stabbing, he took control of the cab and was seen driving it southbound on NW 7th Avenue and NW 103rd Street by an officer who saw it swerve to the right. When he stopped by the side of the cab, he saw Hayes behind the wheel and the victim bleeding profusely from his face in the back seat, according to the affidavit.
Hayes was arrested at 12:55 a.m. The victim suffered facial fractures, a dislocated jaw and an orbital broken bone, and he could lose his left eye, the affidavit said.
On Tuesday Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Thomas Rebull ordered Hayes held without bond. He also faces an additional charge of driving with a suspended license, according to Miami-Dade Corrections online records.
Hayes said that he wasn’t working before his arrest and that he does not own a car, and Rebull appointed a public defender for him for the hearing.
Hayes told the court that he is schizophrenic paranoid, which is why he receives Social Security. The public defender told Hayes to tell his trial judge about his situation so his condition can be dealt with.