Kind of makes you wonder what would have happened if Johan Franzen had ripped out Patrick Kane’s mouth guard at 5 a.m. on Chippewa.
Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks star and South Buffalo native was arrested early this morning for allegedly assaulting a Buffalo taxi driver over two dimes and then fleeing without paying.
From the Buffalo News:
Kane, 20, and James M. Kane, 21, were arrested about 5 a.m. on Eastwood Place, according to Buffalo police reports.
The pair allegedly punched the cab driver and grabbed money they had handed him after he told them he didn’t have twenty cents in coins to give them their change, the report said.
Their fare was $13.80 and they handed the driver $15, according to a report.
The cab driver told police he was punched in the face and head, grabbed by the throat and had his glasses broken during the incident.
A torn $5 bill was found in James Kane’s pocket while in the Erie County Holding Center, the report said.
Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge confirmed Patrick Kane and a relative were arrested after an incident involving a cab driver.
Both men were charged with second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, as well as fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft of services, both Class A misdemeanors.
DeGeorge, the department spokesman, said police do not have any information about the Kanes’ activities or specific whereabouts prior to their arrest.
Calls to the Blackhawks, Kane’s agent and his parents’ South Buffalo home were not immediately returned.
All this after attending a press conference for the new rink at Cazenovia Park earlier in the week. Nothing quite like giving the community yet another black eye. Welcome home, Pat.