FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens (WABC) — Two 20-year-old males and a 15-year-old lady have been arrested by police and are going through prices within the beating loss of life of a New York Metropolis taxi driver.
Austin Amos entered the one hundred and first Precinct station in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Wednesday night time, accompanied by his mom, after investigators launched video of the suspects wished within the loss of life of 52-year-old Kutin Gyimah.
Police say Gyimah hit his head on the bottom throughout an altercation with fare-dodging passengers on Saturday.
Amos is charged with involuntary manslaughter, gang assault, assault and theft of providers. He has six prior arrests, together with theft, legal mischief, legal contempt, and sexual misconduct.
The second man, 20-year-old Nickolas Porter, additionally arrived on the station Wednesday night time and was charged with gang assault and theft of providers.
A 15-year-old lady was arrested and likewise charged with gang assault and theft of providers.
A 13-year-old lady remains to be wished for her alleged function within the assault and can be anticipated to be charged with gang assault as soon as she is apprehended.
Detectives say they know her identification and are on the lookout for her.
A 16-year-old lady initially recognized by detectives is being handled as a witness.
Detectives consider Amos delivered the ultimate blow to the taxi driver, sending him to the pavement and probably inflicting his loss of life.
Surveillance video reveals the second Gyimah was punched and fell on his head. His spouse, Abigail Gyiham, mentioned she was relieved by the information of the arrest.
“He was the hero of my youngsters,” he mentioned. “He was my spine. He was the one I regarded as much as. I look as much as God, however except for God, he was the one one I regarded as much as. And now his life simply received lower brief like this.”
The couple has 4 youngsters ages 3, 5, 7 and eight.
“He was my spine,” she mentioned over the weekend. “I’m misplaced proper now. My youngsters right here. I do not know what to do proper now. I’m misplaced. I’m misplaced on this world.”
Gyiham’s co-workers described him as a person who labored tirelessly, particularly in the course of the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This gentleman was driving his taxi, he by no means stopped taking passengers,” fellow driver Spyros Drakos mentioned. “To me, it is a hero, like the primary responders. If a physician, a nurse, somebody, a member of the family wanted to get someplace, he would drive the taxi and by no means cease.”
Based on police, when Kutin Gyimah let 5 passengers off close to Seashore 54th Avenue and Arverne Boulevard in Edgemere simply earlier than 6:30 a.m. as an alternative of paying the fare, they tried to rob him.
Police mentioned Gyimah chased after them and was attacked.
He suffered a critical head damage and was taken to St. John’s Hospital, the place he was pronounced useless.
“Her husband went to work … like he did day by day at 5 am, and he is by no means coming again,” mentioned Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. “This man picked them as much as take them the place they wished to go. Why kill the person?”
The federation can be elevating cash to assist the Gyiham household pay for the funeral with a GoFundMe web page.
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