03/14/2013 01:18 EDT | Updated 05/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Toronto man arrested after knife attack on cab driver

Toronto police say a man took a ride in a taxi cab last night and then assaulted the driver and stole the vehicle at the end of his trip to Etobicoke.

Police say that a taxi driver picked up a man near Gerrard Street East and Jones Avenue. The man asked the cab driver to be driven to Lake Shore Boulevard West and Thirty-Eighth Street.

Once they arrived, the male passenger attacked the taxi driver with a knife, police say.

Once the driver escaped the taxi, his assailant drove off in the cab.

The taxi driver was found collapsed on the side of the road by a passerby, who called 911 at around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The suspect abandoned the taxi a short distance away, and was arrested on foot, police say.

The driver, 56, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries to the back of the head and hand.

A woman who lives in the area, named Karen, told CBC News she saw the taxi parked outside and officers scouring the surrounding property.

"It is a shame, it shouldn't be happening," she said. "You hope that everybody's okay and I hope the taxi driver is okay."

An 18-year-old Toronto man has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and robbery in connection with the attack late Wednesday.