A 31-year-old man has been charged with felony assault on another passenger of a taxicab in Joplin and misdemeanor assault on the cabdriver.
Cpl. Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department said officers were called about 1:30 a.m. Friday to the Economy Inn & Suites at 1700 W. 30th St. regarding a man who punched another passenger several times through a window of a cab after being taken to that address.
The defendant, Jake D. Cline, 31, of Anderson, allegedly punched Nickolas Lankford, 33, of Webb City, several times after getting out of the cab at the motel. When the cabdriver attempted to come to Lankford’s aid, Cline allegedly hit him as well, Niess said.
Lankford was taken to Freeman Hospital West with a broken nose. The cabdriver, Johnny L. Schrader, 41, of Joplin, did not require medical attention. Cline was arrested and later charged with felony assault on Lankford and misdemeanor assault on Schrader.
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