Updated 2:35 p.m.
Police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a 30-year-old livery cab driver and then stealing his car in Ridgewood last week.
Kenneth Suden, 41, of Ridgewood, has been charged with attempted murder, robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the brutal Sept. 25 attack, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.
The victim, Fernando Crespin-Santos, was dispatched to the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn, where, at about 1:10 a.m. that day, he picked up Suden and was asked to drive him to Ridgewood, according to officials.
Once in the neighborhood, and several blocks from Suden’s home, Suden allegedly held a knife to Crespin-Santos’ throat and demanded money, prosecutors said. He is then accused of stabbing Crespin-Santos repeatedly in the arms, legs and chest before taking off in his vehicle.
Crespin-Santos was able to flee from the car before Suden drove off and was found near 70th Avenue and 60th Street, officials said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, suffering from a collapsed lung, a severed stomach and a severed liver, the district attorney said.
The car was discovered illegally parked a short time later in Ridgewood not far from where Crespin-Santos was found, reports said.
The day of the incident, police released a photo of Suden, looking to question him in the stabbing and carjacking. He was arrested after he walked into a local hospital on Monday and hospital police recognized him and alerted authorities, police said.
Suden has also been charged with committing a knifepoint robbery at a Ridgewood grocery store on Putnam Avenue the night before the stabbing of the livery cab driver, according to the district attorney.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Suden was currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint in each case. If convicted in both, he faces up to 50 years in prison.
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