Two men were arrested overnight in connection with the brutal death of Queens cab driver Kutin Gymiah over the weekend, which sources say was caught on video.
Fernando Mateo, a spokesman for the New York City Federation of Taxi Drivers, told the Post early Thursday that two male suspects surrendered to police in Queens’ 101st Precinct late Wednesday night.
Police sources confirmed the arrests.
Further information about the arrested persons, such as their names or ages, was initially not available.
Earlier, the NYPD identified a person wanted for Gymiah’s murder as 20-year-old Austin Amos, who they said was among five cab drivers who allegedly assaulted Gymiah after they tried to hit him on Saturday rob at around 6:30 a.m. at the Rockaways.
Amos is said to have been wearing clothes matching the person seen in surveillance video released by police who delivered the final blow to the taxi driver.
It is currently unclear if Amos was among the duo who turned themselves in to police overnight.
With the exception of Amos, police previously said they were looking for another man in his 20s and three teenage girls, aged between 13 and 16.
According to police, Gyimah, 52, a married father of four from the Bronx, dropped his five passengers near Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard early Saturday, but instead of paying their fare, they tried to rob him .
Gyimah had chased the group down the road and caught up with them, whereupon the suspects turned on the driver, kicking and punching him, as seen in the horrific video.
Footage shows the young men and women beating Gyimah, who falls to the ground. As four of the five humans walk away, one of the men approaches Gyimah and deals a crushing blow to him.
Gyimah attempts to raise his hands at the attacker himself, but is instead thrown onto the sidewalk, where he hits his head and stops.
The victim was taken to St. John’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Gyimah is survived by his wife Abigail Barwuah and their children aged 3, 5, 7 and 8.
“I lost my soulmate, my spine, my life when Kutin was taken away,” the widow said. “Now justice will be served.”
Abigail and members of the Taxi Drivers Union were scheduled to hold a news conference in the Bronx later Thursday to thank people who donated more than $100,000 to help the grieving family through a GoFundMe campaign.
“We are confident that DA Melinda Katz is doing what is right for this family and the people of NYC,” Mateo, the union’s spokesman, said in a prepared statement. “A clear message needs to be sent to criminals, a ZERO tolerance for low level crimes that escalate to bigger crimes like the murder of a husband and father of 4.”
https://nypost.com/2022/08/18/two-men-arrested-in-death-of-nyc-cabbie-kutin-gyimah-cops/ Two men arrested in death of New York cab driver Kutin Gyimah: police officers