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Calgary police stop bus to make arrest in southern Alberta cabbie attack

Police say the man took control of the cab before sexually assaulting the cabbie and driving off to Calgary.

Calgary police have arrested a 28-year-old man in the alleged sexual assault of a cab driver in Medicine Hat, Alta.

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Calgary police have arrested a 28-year-old man in the alleged sexual assault of a cab driver in Medicine Hat, Alta.

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Calgary police have arrested a suspect in an alleged sexual assault of a female cab driver in Medicine Hat, Alta.

Investigators say the 28-year-old man was spotted on a Calgary Transit bus Sunday afternoon and was taken into custody when police stopped the vehicle near Alberta Children's Hospital.

The arrest comes after Medicine Hat police say a man approached a female cabbie in the downtown area Thursday evening and later overpowered her and took control of the cab.

They say the sexual assault allegedly occurred at a separate location before the man drove to Calgary, where the woman went to a home to get help after she was released from the taxi.

Shawn Thomas Baldhead is facing charges that include sexual assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement, robbery and three counts of uttering threats to cause death.

Baldhead, who has no fixed address, remains in custody and will appear in a Medicine Hat courtroom Dec. 9. (CHQR, CJCY)