The NYPD has arrested a man they believe is responsible for stabbing and robbing a cab driver in Queens last week.
The driver, Fernando Crespin-Santos, picked up the suspect, Kenneth Suden, last Thursday around 1 a.m. in the Cypress Hills area of Brooklyn. Police said Suden asked the 30 year old driver to take him to 68-16 60th Street in Queens. A few blocks away from his apartment, Suden demanded money from Crespin-Santos while holding a knife to his throat.
The driver was stabbed numerous times in the torso, arm and hands, before he managed to escape, police said.
Suden then allegedly drove off in the livery cab. The victim, found lying on 70th Avenue, was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital and later listed in stable condition. The Queens District Attorney’s office said Crespin-Santos received lacerations, a collapsed lung, severed stomach and liver from the attack, and will require more surgeries in the future.
Suden was arrested Monday on charges of attempted murder, robbery, felony assault, grand larceny auto and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. If convicted, he could face up to 50 years in prison, according to the Queens DA.
Queens DA Richard Brown said Tuesday Suden also has been charged with robbing aRidgewood grocery store a few hours before he allegedly stabbed the cab driver.