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Driver Kutin Gyimah killing, Big Apple Taxi Fleet Management offering $15,000 reward

 
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is offering $15,000 to anyone who can help find the people who killed Kutin Gyimah, a taxi driver.
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is offering $15,000 to anyone who can help find the people who killed Kutin Gyimah, a taxi driver.
There is a $15,000 reward for information about the murder of a New York City taxi driver.

The people who killed a New York City taxi driver in Queens are now being offered a $15,000 reward for information that leads to their arrest.

Police say that Kutin Gyimah, 52, died early Saturday morning in the Rockaways when he chased after five passengers who tried to rob him. This happened around 6:30 a.m.

Police say that at least one of the passengers hit the taxi driver, sending him flying to the ground where he hit his head. Then, the group of three men and two women ran away.

52-year-old Kutin Gyimah died early Saturday morning after a group of other passengers tried to rob and hurt him. During the attack, Gyimah fell and hit his head on the ground while the would-be thieves ran away.

"These killers must be caught, and we're offering a reward of $15,000... "The owners of Big Apple Taxi Fleet Management, where Mr. Gyimah worked, will pay for all of his funeral costs," said Fernando Mateo, a spokesman for the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers who announced the reward Saturday afternoon.

Slain cabbie Kutin Gyimah.
Slain cabbie Kutin Gyimah.

Mateo, who spent about two hours with the family on Saturday, said that Gyimah, who was married and lived in The Bronx, left behind four children ages 3, 5, 7, and 8.

Mateo said Saturday afternoon that Gyimah's grieving family was "not good." On Sunday, he plans to hold a news conference with Gyimah's family and "a sea of yellow cab drivers."

More than $17,000 has been donated to a GoFundMe for Gyimah's widow and children.

"This is a poor, hardworking man. How can you leave your home and NOT go back? Mateo said, "We are angry, we can't believe it, and we want justice." He added that he talked to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, and "she assured us that the NYPD will find the people who did this."

Suspects are seen running away from the taxi minivan on security footage.
Suspects are seen running away from the taxi minivan on security footage.

Mateo said that the last crime-related death of a yellow taxi driver happened in July 2019. A passenger stole the driver's backpack, and when the driver got out to chase the thief, he was run over by his own car in the Bronx.

Reports say that in 1997, a 65-year-old yellow cab driver was shot on the East Side during what seemed to be a robbery.

A spokesman for City Hall said that Gyimah's death was "devastating and unacceptable." During this hard time, we send our deepest condolences to the victim's family, friends, and coworkers, and we will work hard to bring all those responsible to justice."

Three men and two women are said to have attacked Kutin Gyimah in order to steal from him.
Three men and two women are said to have attacked Kutin Gyimah in order to steal from him.
Gyimah and Abigail, who was his wife.
Gyimah and Abigail, who was his wife.

Authorities say that the deadly attack happened on Saturday at the corner of Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard. The NYPD said that when police arrived, they found Gyimah lying in the road with "trauma to the back of his head." At St. John's Hospital, they said that Gyimah was dead.

Abdul Sharhan, who has worked at the deli across the street from the crime scene for ten years, said, "Bad things like that happen a lot around here." At St. John's Hospital, they said that Gyimah was dead.

The doomed taxi driver can be seen pulling up on security footage from the Deli from the Block bodega across the street. Just seconds later, three people are seen running from the scene west toward Beach Channel Drive.

No one has been caught,

The crime happened in the 101st Precinct, where major crimes are down 5% from the same time last year through August 7, but burglaries are up 11%, grand larcenies are up 15%, car thefts are up 18%, and the number of shooting victims is up 29%.

One regular customer at a nearby deli said, "Man, the world is crazy, and crazy things are happening everywhere." "People are getting shot, robbed, killed, and slashed on the train. "This is the wild, wild west."

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