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No Charges Filed in Burlington Pike Stabbing Involving Taxi, Drunk Passenger


No charges will be filed in a stabbing that happened in mid-November, the Boone County Sheriff's Office announced on Thursday.

According to the sheriff's office, on Saturday, November 16, at around 10 p.m., deputies responded to the 1700 block of Burlington Pike in Burlington where they learned that someone had been stabbed.

Loyal R. Hearst, Jr., 39, of Elsmere, a taxi driver with At Your Service Taxi, was dispatched to R-Bar in Hebron.

Samuel J. Bowcock, 32, of California, Ky., was intoxicated, deputies said, and was escorted to the backseat of Hearst's red Dodge Caravan.

Bowcock was to be taken to a hotel in Florence but wasn't capable of telling Hearst the address, the sheriff's office said. Hearst pulled over to get the address but then, he told investigators, Bowcock became argumentative because the taxi's meter was running while the vehicle was stopped. 

Later, en route to the hotel, Hearst said that Bowcock moved to the seat directly behind him and started choking him. Hearst grabbed a fix blade that was in front of the passenger seat and started to stab at Bowcock.

Once Bowcock released the choke hold, Hearst stopped the taxi in the middle of Burlington Pike and exited the van. 

A passerby called 911.

Bowcock also exited the van and then got in the driver's seat.

Hearst thought his van was being stolen, investigators said. 

Once deputies arrived, Bowcock was ordered out of the taxi. Upon exiting, Bowcock quickly fell to the ground and was unconscious. He was bleeding heavily from his wounds. Deputies began life saving measures and determined that Bowcock had been stabbed in the head. He was transported the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and has since been released. 

Bowcock sustained multiple stab wounds to the right side of his face that extend from his right temple to just above his jawline. Additionally, Bowcock was treated for several stab wounds to his right bicep and shoulder. Bowcock told detectives that he doesn’t recall his attack on Hearst or being stabbed. 

The investigation was turned over to the Boone County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for review and it was determined that no charges will be filed against Samuel J. Bowcock or Loyal R. Hearst. 

-Staff report

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