Three young men were in police custody after a vicious and brutal attack against a friendly taxicab driver in the Williamsburg neighborhood.
Around 3:30am, cabbie Mustafa Kadro, 52, picked up the three men and agreed to give the men a free ride after they said they wouldn’t be able to afford the fare.
“Something about them looked like they were up to no good, but I picked them up anyway,” Kadro told the Post. “It was cold and it was only eight blocks, so I gave them a free ride. It was just a gesture. I thought why would they hurt someone who is good?”
The driver was dropping off the suspects at the corner of North 5th Street and Wythe Avenue, with one of them thanking him before the passenger in the middle backseat reached in the front seat and slashed him on his forehead.
It is unknown what type of weapon was used. Kadro was injured and had a 4-inch long cut on his forehead, but declined medical attention at the scene.
The men were identified by police as Mario Reyes, 20, Samuel Martinez, 21, and Jose Osoria, 17.
“I’m actually shocked because I didn’t think that could happen around here,” said Williamsburg resident Daphnee Louissaint.
Kadro has been driving a taxicab for seven years and said that he has never been robbed or roughed up doing his job. He felt lucky that the slashing on his forehead isn’t worse than what it could have been.
NYPD said about 10 minutes after the attack, the three suspects mugged a 25-year old man on South 2nd Street while putting him in a chokehold and stole his cell phone. The victim was not injured.
Police statistics show there has been a 22.1 percent increase in slashings or stabbings this year compared to last year.
“I am so glad the police acted quickly and arrested them,” said Kadro. “I hope they stay in jail for a long time so they can’t hurt anyone again.”
YellowCabNYCTaxi.com Staff Writer