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Suspect arrested in Ridgewood stabbing, carjacking of livery cab driver


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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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Man wanted in Flushing livery cab robbery  


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A man had a livery cab driver take him on a ride through the borough before robbing him during a final stop in Flushing, cops said.

The driver picked the suspect up at 85th Avenue and Parsons Boulevard in Jamaica on Sept. 1, and was asked to make several stops in Queens, police said.

When they arrived at 131-25 Avery Ave. around 2 p.m., the suspect simulated a gun and demanded money from the driver, according to authorities. The suspect then fled on foot.

Authorities describe the suspect as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 200 pounds and with a scar on his forehead.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Bayside couple sues TLC after husband accused of being illegal cabbie


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A Bayside couple is suing the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) for $3 million, claiming that agents racially profiled them after they wrongfully busted the husband for being an illegal cab driver, according to published reports.

Dan Keys, 66, was driving his wife, Symone Palermo, 53, to her job at Bob’s Discount Furniture store in Flushing in May 2013 when the incident occurred, reports said.

TLC investigators reportedly pulled Keys over after he dropped off his wife in their Lincoln Town Car and accused of him of operating an illegal taxi. Palermo was sitting in the back of the vehicle because the front passenger seat was wet.

Keys tried to explain that the passenger was his wife, and when Palermo arrived to try to help, they were both issued summonses because the car is registered in her name, according to published reports. They also seized the vehicle.

The suit, filed in Queens Supreme Court, claims that Keys was only stopped because investigators “observed an African-American male driving what they thought to be a white female,” the New York Daily News reported.

The suit is also claiming that the city and TLC violates civil rights because they “instruct its employees to target and single out vehicles operated by minorities with white passengers, the Daily News said.

A judge dismissed the summonses, but the couple did not get their car back for eight days, when they won their case, according published reports.

The TLC declined to comment pending litigation, reports said.

 

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Cops looking for suspect who robbed livery cab driver at gunpoint in Ridgewood


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A man held up a livery cab driver in Ridgewood Wednesday, taking off with $200, police said.

The victim picked up the suspect at Marcy Avenue and Fulton Street around 2 a.m., cops said.

At 67th Place near Myrtle Avenue, the passenger whipped out a gun and demanded money from the driver, according to officials. He then fled the cab with the cash. No injuries were reported.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man and about 25 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Astoria resident victim of alleged livery cab hit-and-run


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Even playing it safe couldn’t keep Rich Feloni from becoming another hit-and-run victim.

Feloni was walking down Ditmars Boulevard toward the Q69 bus stop on his way to work Tuesday at about 8:50 a.m. when he was allegedly struck by a black livery cab on the corner of 45th Street.

The Astoria resident said that although he had the right of way, he still leaned forward to check on any incoming traffic. The cab, which Feloni believes was speeding and driving close to the parked cars on the street, then struck him as he was looking to the right and threw him off his feet.

“Even if I had the right of way I still leaned forward as precautionary measure. Next thing I know I’m getting whipped to my left and I see this car just making contact with me,” Feloni said. “It was just very reckless driving. This guy was going much faster than any car is driving in the morning.”

While on the floor, Feloni said the traffic light remained red and he noticed the cab slowed down. However, once he stood up, with help from nearby concerned pedestrians, the cab allegedly sped away from the scene.

A man who helped Feloni to his feet was able to jot down four numbers of the driver’s license plate and shared it with police.

Feloni was then taken to Mount Sinai Queens with a fractured ankle and abrasions on his face.

“I tried to be more precautionary, with all these crazy stories you hear,” Feloni said. “I’m glad I even paused.”

Police information was pending as of Wednesday afternoon.

Although The Courier cannot confirm that the cab driver was speeding when Feloni was allegedly struck, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) announced it is currently exploring anti-speeding technology as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero’s goal of zero traffic fatalities.

The TLC is looking at speed governors, also known as mandatory or intervention systems, and other advisory systems that alert drivers when they are going over the speed limit, driving while fatigued or driving recklessly.

A Vision Zero Town Hall meeting has also been scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, in Long Island City at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave.

 

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TLC lieutenant struck, dragged by livery driver


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A routine inspection stop turned dangerous for a Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) lieutenant when the livery driver allegedly sped off, injuring the woman.

The lieutenant and a TLC inspector started following the man’s town car Sunday afternoon when they noticed it had livery cab plates, but lacked the decals needed to legally operate, a TLC spokesman said.

After seeing a passenger exit the vehicle, the two TLC officials approached the driver near Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard about 1:30 p.m., according to the spokesman.

Shortly after the officials began speaking with the driver, he allegedly drove off, striking two vehicles he was parked in between and the lieutenant. The town car then dragged the woman for several feet.

She was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she received several stitches after hitting her head on the ground and was later released, the spokesman said.

The livery cab driver fled the scene and police are still investigating, according to officials.

 

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Livery cab hits pedestrian in Astoria


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A 27-year-old man was critically injured when a livery cab struck him as he was crossing an Astoria intersection Sunday, police said.

The accident occurred about 12:40 a.m. at Steinway Street and 31st Avenue, the NYPD said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition with head trauma, according to officials.

The driver remained on the scene of the accident.  No criminality is suspected and, according to a preliminary investigation, the victim was crossing against the pedestrian signal, police said. The accident is still under investigation.

 

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Suspect sought in string of armed livery cab robberies


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Cops are looking for a man wanted in connection to a series of Queens robberies targeting livery cab drivers, police said.

The suspect struck four times, once in October, and three times in January, the NYPD said.

During the first incident, on Oct. 12, near 27-44 Ericsson St., in East Elmhurst, the suspect robbed a 49-year-old driver at gunpoint while a second suspect took the victim’s property, according to police.

The suspect robbed another driver on Jan. 8 near 1716 Stephen St. in Ridgewood. When he asked him to open the trunk, a second suspect, displayed a gun, and demanded his property, then struck the driver in the face leaving him with minor injuries, cops said. The victim did not comply, and the suspects fled without taking anything.

On Jan. 21 the suspect robbed a driver at gunpoint near 27-40 Ericsson St. Three days later, he tried to rob a driver around the same location, but was unsuccessful, the NYPD said

Police have released surveillance video of the suspect from the Jan. 21 robbery after he allegedly used the victim’s credit cards.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Livery cab driver wanted for attempted rape in Astoria


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The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who is wanted in connection with an attempted rape in Astoria.

On Friday, July 13, at 1:35 a.m., the victim, a 20-year-old woman, exited a livery cab and entered the vestibule area of an apartment building near 30th Street and 34th Avenue, said police. The cab driver followed her into her building  grabbed her from behind and attempted to rape her.  She managed to break free before the suspect fled in his vehicle. The victim was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, 5 foot 4 inches tall and 150 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black shirt with dark pants and frameless eye glasses. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a light colored Lincoln Town Car.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

This Morning’s Headlines


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Graphic by Jay Lane

‘Disabled’ FDNYer with $95K pension now a NASCAR rescuer

Cliff Stabner, a 55-year-old city firefighter who retired in 2003 with a three-quarter disability pension of $95,000 annually, has surfaced as a member of the fire rescue team responding to crashes at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.The Post has obtained photos of Stabner wearing an orange jumpsuit and a helmet and standing next to a rescue vehicle at Dover’s “Monster Mile’’ track. Stabner also is a fire captain in his quaint new hometown of Lewes, Del. Read More: New York Post

Police release photos of subway ‘slayer’

The hunt continues for a man who scuffled with a college student on a Brooklyn subway platform moments before he was crushed to death by a train pulling into the station. Joshua Basin was killed Friday night after he and a drunken passenger got off a train at the Bedford Avenue station and engaged in a fight that carried them both to the train tracks below. Cops and witnesses described the man as a 30-something with a thin build, light complexion, and dirty blond hair with pock marks on the right side of his face. Read More: New York Post

VIDEO: Cops wound ex-con in Harlem shootout

A rookie cop yesterday wounded a man during a shootout on a Harlem street, authorities said. When two officers approached a group standing in front of the Drew Hamilton Houses at about 6:30 p.m., Franklyn Nunez bolted up Frederick Douglass Boulevard, police said, The cop gave chase, and Nunez allegedly spun around and fired twice. No one was struck and the officer returned fire. Read More: New York Post

Man dead in early-morning Bronx shooting

A man was shot and killed in The Bronx early today, police said. The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Morrison Avenue, near Westchester Avenue in the 43rd Precinct. Police say a 29-year-old man was shot in the chest and buttocks. Emergency crews rushed the man to Jacobi Hospital, but it was too late. Read More: New York Post

Manhattan Churchgoers Wear Hoodies In Solidarity With Slain Florida Teen

Worshippers at the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village wore hooded sweatshirts on Sunday in memory of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who wore a similar garment when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month. George Zimmerman, 28, says he shot the 17-year-old boy in self-defense and was not charged by police in Sanford, Fla. Martin, however, turned out to be unarmed and carrying a bag of Skittles candies. Red More: NY1

 

 

Man Allegedly Robs Livery Cab Driver At Knifepoint

Police were searching Sunday for a man they say robbed a livery cab driver at knifepoint last week in Manhattan. Authorities say the 26-year-old driver brought the robber from Queens to an address on East 36th street in Murray Hill last Tuesday night. They say the knife-wielding suspect then forced the driver out of the car and stole his money before running off. The driver was not injured. Read More: NY1

 

 

Terror on the tracks: More passengers struck by trains 

Straphangers were hit by subway trains a terrifying 147 times in 2011 — a sharp leap from the year before when 128 passengers were struck, MTA data reviewed by the Daily News shows. The deadly statistic — a 15% jump — means that every 2.5 days a rider is struck by a train, according to a report on customer safety that will be discussed at the MTA’s Transit Committee on Monday. Read More: Daily News

Police searching for man that attacked cab driver in Richmond Hill


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Police are searching for a man who robbed and assaulted a livery cab driver in Richmond Hill recently.

The suspect placed the driver, 59, in a headlock causing the cab to crash into a fence in front a house on 112th Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, police said.  The suspect took money from the driver’s bag and fled.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic approximately 25 years of age, standing 5-feet-7-inches-tall, weighing 170 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/14/2011: Livery Cab Driver Shot Dead In Far Rockaway


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Man Killed In Richmond Hill Car Crash

Police said a man was killed when his car slammed into a tree in front of a Queens hospital and burst into flames early Sunday morning. According to police, the unidentified man was speeding southbound down the Van Wyck Expressway about 2:15 a.m. when he tried to exit at Atlantic Avenue and lost control of his BMW. Read More: Fox News

Police Continue Search For Hit-And-Run Suspect

The family of hit-and-run victim George Gibbons joined Council Member Eliazbeth Crowley (D-Queens) to assist the NYPD in the efforts to apprehend suspect Peter Rodriguez. The 37-year-old Gibbons was a passenger of a livery cab when he was killed after the Lincoln Town Car he was in was slammed by a Chrysler Sebring that was driving in the wrong direction. Read More: Fox News

Livery Cab Driver Shot Dead In Far Rockaway; Reward Offered For Capture of Killer

Sunday of a livery cab driver found slumped over the wheel of his car with a bullet in his head and clutching a wad of cash. Relatives of Patrick Hall, a 30-year-old father of three, called the shooting “senseless,” and cops said the killer walked away from the 7:30 a.m. bloodshed in Far Rockaway without a cent. Read More: Daily News

“Occupy” Protester Interrupts Congressman Turner’s Local Swearing-In Ceremony

Occupy Wall Street protestors made an unexpected appearance at Congressman Bob Turner’s ceremonial swearing-in on Sunday in his district Queens. Months after he took office, the Republican took an oath before a large crowd at Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills. Read More: NY1

Woodhaven Man Charged With Killing Neighbor

A Queens man was arraigned on murder and weapons charges in connection with the death of his neighbor in Woodhaven. Police say Mustafa Omran, 53, lived upstairs from Yasmen Rabban on 91st Avenue. Authorities were called to Rabban’s apartment last month after she had not been heard from in a while. When they got to the apartment, they found Rabban dead, with puncture wounds to her neck. Read More: NY1

Queens Swastika Graffiti Suspect Arraigned On Four Counts Of Criminal Mischief

A 40-year-old man was arraigned on hate crime charges in Queens Saturday. Franco Rodriguez is being held on $5,000 bail for allegedly painting swastikas on several buildings. He did not enter a plea during his court appearance. Rodriguez has been charged with four counts of malicious mischief, all as hate crimes. Police sources say he was identified on video surveillance. Read More: NY1

State Ban On Smoking At Outdoor Commuter Rail Platforms Takes Effect

A new state law that bans smoking on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s outdoor commuter rail platforms, including Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road stations, took effect Sunday. Smokers now face a $50 fine for breaking the rule. MTA police officers will give out warnings before they start writing tickets. The agency said the ban promotes a healthier, cleaner environment and reduces the chance of a track fire. Read More: NY1

Plans pitched to turn landmark New York State Pavilion into multi-million-dollar air museum   
Author Jeannette Remak wants to re-fashion the New York State Pavilion — built for the 1964 World’s Fair but left vacant for decades — into a tourist hotspot where vintage airplanes hang from the ceiling. Remak has support from the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in East Elmhurst, which has offered interns to help run the museum. Read More: Daily News