2014-10-15 / Front Page

Cabbie Stabbing Swirled In Controversy

By Liz Goff
Officials at New York State’s most powerful taxi driver union last week pleaded with the public for information leading to the whereabouts of a suspect wanted in connection with the near-fatal stabbing of a Queens cabbie.

Police said Kenneth Suden, 41,stabbed cabbi3e Fernando Crespin more than 17 times in the neck, shoulder and chest in the early morning hours of September 26 – then fled I in Crespon’s black 2013 Toyota Camry.

Cops said Crespon, 50, picked up Suden in downtown Jamaica shortly after midnight on September 26 and drove him to 70th Avenue and 60yj Street in Ridgewood. Once there, Suden put a knife to the cabbie’s throat and demanded cash, police said. The critically injured cabbie told investigators he tried desperately to fight off his attacker, but Suden kept stabbing him repeatedly.

A neighborhood resident told police the two men argued loudly before one man got behind the wheel of the car and sped down 70th Avenue. Police said Crespin managed to free himself and tumbled out of the Toyota, then staggered into a nearby bar seeking help.

Police found the car a short while later, parked at a bus stop on Madison Street in Elmhurst, where Suden apparently abandoned it before fleeing.

While police ramped up their search for the suspect, Fernando Mateo, head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, issued his own plea for help from the public to help locate Suden. Mateo also riled at a city Traffic Agent who ticketed the cab in the bus stop – without noticing its blood stained windows and interior. Mateo said if the Traffic Agent had noticed the blood and called police, Suden might be in custody today.

Crespin, who works for Liberty Car Service in Ridgewood, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition and was later upgraded to stable.

Police are urging anyone with information on Suden’s whereabouts to call the Crime Stoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The HOTLINE is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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