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Blackhawks Patrick Kane arrested

August 17, 2009 8:23:26 AM PDT
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has been arrested in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., following an altercation over a taxi fare.Kane and his 21-year-old cousin, James, were taken into custody at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday after allegedly punching a cab driver in the face and taking back the $15 they gave him when the driver did not have 20 cents in change.

According to the police report, the cab driver suffered cuts to his face and broken glasses. Details of the incident and the charges Kane is currently facing are spelled out in the News Release from Buffalo Police below.

"We got there, and he goes to open the door. I said, 'You've got to pay me first," and he said, 'I've got to get out and reach for my wallet.' All those college kids, they run out without paying. So, I said, 'No, you pay me first, and we'll get it squared away,'" said the cab driver allegedly assaulted who identified himself as J. R. "The guys said, 'Do you know who I am?' I said, 'I don't know who you are, just pay.' So, one guy pays, and the other guy grabs me by the throat, Patrick Kane. He turned out to be a hockey player. I don't know who they are."

WIVB-TV in Buffalo reported that Kane pleaded not guilty in City Court Sunday morning.

The Chicago Blackhawks released the following statement Sunday:

"We are aware of the allegations towards Patrick Kane. He is a big part of our organization and a team leader and we stand behind him. As we are still collecting all the facts, it would be premature to comment further at this time."

Kane has played his first two NHL seasons with the Blackhawks and had 46 goals and 96 assists. He won the Calder Trophy, given to the league's best rookie, in 2008.

Buffalo Police News Release

Buffalo police have arrested Patrick T. Kane and James M. Kane in connection with an incident that happened sometime after 4am Sunday morning.

Patrick Kane and James Kane have been charged with: Theft of Services, Criminal Mischief and Robbery in the 2nd degree.

Police believe the incident happened on Eastwood Place in the City. It appears the two caught a cab from Chippewa Street to Eastwood Place when some type of altercation between the two Kane's and the male cab driver occurred over the fare. The driver appears to have suffered cuts to his face and his glasses were damaged, after apparently being struck in the face and head area.


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