2 passengers in custody after attack kills NYC cab driver

Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 10:53 PM MDT
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NEW YORK (WCBS) - Two people are in custody after an attack that left a New York City taxi driver dead, as police search for three other suspects.

Meanwhile, the victim’s wife spoke out during an emotional news conference.

Abigail Gyimah said she found the strength to speak because she wants justice for her husband, 52-year-old Kutin Gyimah.

“My husband was a good man. He was everything we had. He was my children’s hero,” Abigail Gyimah said.

His last moments were captured on surveillance video early Saturday night, when police say he was assaulted by five passengers he had driven in a taxi.

After he took the suspects to their destination, they refused to pay their fare and attempted to rob him in Far Rockaway.

He fell to the ground and hit his head, causing severe head trauma.

“His life has just been cut short just like that,” the victim’s wife said.

Police said two men turned themselves in at the New York City Police Department’s 101st Precinct.

Suspect 20-year-old Austin Amos faces several charges, including manslaughter, gang assault and theft, while Nickolas Porter, 20, faces gang assault and theft charges.

Investigators said they are still looking for the three other suspects involved.

Gyimah’s wife said she is praying for them and hopes they do the right thing.

“I’m telling them to turn themselves in because we want justice to be served,” she said.

She said her husband was the family’s breadwinner and doesn’t know how she will raise, feed and put their four children through college without him.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $150,000 for the Gyimah family.