Sunday, August 9, 2009

Blackhawks Patrick Kane Arrested Over 20 Cents

Patrick Kane Arrested

Chicago Blackhawk right winger and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and his cousin, James Kane, face robbery and other charges after allegedly assaulting a cab driver and failing to pay their fare after getting a ride from Chippewa Street early this morning.

Buffalo Police Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Chicago Blackhawk Player and Buffalo native Patrick Kane has been arrested over an alleged dispute over cab fare. He and another party were taken into custody early Sunday morning.

Kane, 20, and James M. Kane, 21, were arrested about 5 a.m. on Eastwood Place, according to Buffalo police reports.

Patrick Kane Charged with a Felony Over 20 Cents

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, grabbed his throat and broke his glasses, according to police.

Their fare was $13.80 and they handed the driver $15, according to a report. The cab driver handed them a dollar back and told them he didn't have coins to cover the $0.20.

The Kanes were charged with felony second degree robbery, criminal mischief and theft of services. Patrick Kane pleaded not guilty in city court Sunday morning, according to WIVB-TV. It was not immediately clear when James Kane will appear in court.

Kane's agent, Pat Brisson, did not immediately return a call for comment. The Blackhawks are aware of the allegations against Kane, spokesman Brandon Faber said.

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

On Thursday, Patrick Kane was at a Buffalo ice rink where he played hockey as a child to help Mayor Byron Brown announce funding for improvements.

He said at the time he was happy to have time "to hang out back home in Buffalo."

"The best thing about it is my friends treat me like I'm a regular kid," said Kane, the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft. "They don't treat me like a celebrity or whatever they might treat me like in Chicago."

Kane, a Buffalo native, was the first pick in the 2007 NHL and has played with the Blackhawks for the past two seasons. He won the Calder Trophy in 2008, awarded to the NHL's top rookie. [courtesy Fox Sports and ESPN]

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