2010-12-24 / Top Stories

Cops Track Down Cabbie Attacker

By Nicholas Briano

A Hammels man wanted in connection with a brutal October beating of a cab driver was arrested this week largely due to a piece of identification the assailant dropped outside the cab, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Fred Littles, 19, of Hammel Houses, and two accomplices are accused of getting in a cab at around 4 a.m. on October 16 on Jamaica Avenue and 159 Street. When it was time to get out of the cab near the rear of Hammel Houses near Beach 82 Street the men refused to pay the $40 cab fee.

The three men exited the cab and Littles allegedly punched and beat the cab driver leaving him bloody and helpless until help arrived. Little is also accused of stealing $150 from him after the beating. The victim was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center where he was treated and received an undisclosed number of stitches to his face. The cab driver remembered that he had seen Little’s I.D card fall to the ground and told cops who recovered it from the scene.

Despite having Little’s identification, 100 Precinct police could not track him down until last week when he was arrested and brought to Queens Criminal Court to be arraigned on two counts of second-degree robbery and third-degree assault. He was held on $10,000 bail.

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