According to authorities, a suspect is currently being sought in Manhattan for assaulting an 82-year-old taxi driver during an argument over payment for services rendered. The incident, which resulted in the elderly cab driver being knocked unconscious, has prompted widespread outrage and condemnation. The NYPD is actively investigating the matter and is urging anyone with information to come forward.
An elderly taxi driver, who prefers to keep his identity undisclosed, recently shared a harrowing experience where an unstable passenger subjected him to verbal abuse and physical assault. According to the driver, the customer’s attack was two-fold, as he not only hurled hateful words but also resorted to physical violence by punching him.
The cab driver shared his encounter with a man who used a racial slur towards him, saying “He said c’mon n—— like that.” The driver then raised his fists in defense, and what followed next was unexpected.
According to the police, the suspect not only slammed his head on Canal Street but also kicked the 82-year-old victim while he was unconscious. This act of violence is truly heinous and unacceptable. It is imperative that we take a stand against such despicable behavior and ensure that justice is served to the fullest extent of the law.
Within moments, a group of people gathered around him, offering assistance before law enforcement arrived a few minutes later.
The taxi driver reminisced about waking up to find himself in the hospital.
It’s been a week filled with appointments and various hospital tests since that early morning on November 10th.
After receiving the green light from his physicians on Friday, he was given permission to return to his demanding 70-hour work schedule once more.
Chuckling, the taxi driver exclaimed, “I have to pay my rent!”
The individual in question had previously worked for the United States Postal Service before retiring. Currently, he leases a medallion and has been driving for the past ten years. He stated that this was the first time an incident of this nature had ever occurred to him.
According to Bhairavi Desai, the founder of New York Taxi Workers Association, it’s disheartening to see drivers putting in long hours, especially when an elderly man of 82 years should be enjoying his retirement. She expressed concern that such drivers could become victims of violent attacks.
According to the TLC workers union, the current penalties for assaulting drivers are not stringent enough. They pointed out that the penalties are only increased for felony crimes.
According to the surveillance footage, the perpetrator was seen strolling away towards Orchard Street in a relaxed manner.
The cab driver expressed his desire for the authorities to capture the culprit, stating, “I hope they catch him.” He further added that he was willing to identify the perpetrator in a lineup if needed.
According to the detectives, the culprit had the nerve to escape in yet another taxi.
According to Desai, we should consider how dehumanizing it can be for individuals who are beaten mercilessly and then view another driver as their only means of escape.