Updated 01/10/2012 11:42 PM
Cab Driver Charged With Raping Passenger May Be Linked To Second Attack
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Police have arrested a yellow cab driver who they say raped a passenger at knifepoint in Brooklyn last spring, and sources say he may be charged with a second attack that took place in the fall.
Gurmeet Singh, 40, of Queens was arrested on Monday and now faces charges including rape, robbery, assault and sex abuse.
Police say Singh picked up a 26-year-old woman on May 6 in Williamsburg and allegedly attacked her in the back seat of the cab.
The woman, who had been drinking and fell asleep in the cab, woke up during the assault and found she had a knife to her throat. She was then abandoned in Downtown Manhattan, where she contacted police.
"He has made some statements. He has been arrested for that particular event. There are other matters that are being investigated as well," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Authorities originally tracked Singh for a second assault that took place on September 23.
In that incident, a source told NY1 that a woman in Manhattan took leave from her friend to take a yellow cab home from a bar.
She vomited inside the cab and the driver walked her into her Morningside Heights apartment, according to the source.
In the morning, sources say the woman found signs that she had been raped and noticed items missing from her apartment.
The woman then learned that her friend wrote down the partial medallion number of the cab, which lead police to the driver.
While police questioned Singh, they gave him a drink, and DNA collected from the glass connected the driver to the May assault.
The police commissioner told reporters that DNA testing accounted for the length of time between the alleged assaults and Singh's arrest.
"The lack of specificity in terms of what people remember, what you have to wait for is a period of time for DNA to be processed. That's the way it is. A lot of DNA investigations are going forward, the DNA is handled by the chief medical examiner," said Kelly.
By late Tuesday, Singh had not been charged with the September assault.
The TLC says Singh has driven since 1999, but his license has been suspended as a result of this investigation.
The agency says Singh had his license temporarily suspended in 2007, but otherwise his record was "largely unremarkable."
TLC officials assure New Yorkers that cabs can still be hailed with "full confidence in a safe experience."