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By Natalie Duddridge, Astrid Martinez
/ CBS New York
NEW YORK — Two men and a teenage girl have been charged in connection with the death of a city taxi driver. The search continues for two other suspects.
CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to the cabbie’s heartbroken family outside their home in Co-Op City in the Bronx.
It was extremely emotional. The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers was at a news conference in support of Kutin Gyimah’s wife, who, sobbing, said her husband was her backbone, her soulmate, and she wants justice for him.
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Police released new surveillance video, which appears to show 52-year-old Gyimah being attacked by five passengers who investigators said refused to pay their fare and tried to rob him in Far Rockaway early Saturday morning. He fell to the ground and hit his head, causing severe head trauma, and later died.
Police said two men turned themselves in at the 101st Precinct on Wednesday night and a 15-year-old girl was taken into custody Thursday night.
Austin Amos, 20, now faces several charges, including manslaughter, gang assault and theft. Nickolas Porter, 20, faces gang assault and theft charges. Investigators are still looking for the others involved.
As CBS2’s Astrid Martinez reports, the teenage girl was charged with gang assault and theft.
Our detectives currently have one person in custody charged with manslaughter in regard to the death of Kutin Gyimah. As the investigation and search for additional suspects continues, we need the help of anyone who might have info. Call #800577TIPS. https://t.co/KWQn3BT5Y6
Gyimah’s wife, who had her four young children at her side, said she is praying for the other suspects, hoping they do the right thing.
“My husband was a good man,” Abigail Gyimah said. “He was everything we had. He was my children’s hero. He was my backbone. He was the one I look up to. I look up to God, but aside [from] God, he was the only one I looked up to.”
She is calling for justice.
“I’m telling them to turn themselves in because they are going to be caught,” she added.
Kutin Gyimah was the family’s bread winner. His widow said she doesn’t know what she will do without him to raise their children.
The Federation of Taxi Drivers said it has helped raise more than $130,000 for the Gyimah family through their GoFundMe page.
Natalie Duddridge is an award-winning journalist. She joined CBS2 News as a reporter in February 2018.
First published on August 18, 2022 / 5:56 AM
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