A New York City taxi driver was viciously beaten by a group of five brutes on a busy Midtown Manhattan street last week in a disturbing attack that was caught on camera.
The horrific footage shows three women and two men repeatedly striking the 60-year-old cabbie with shoes and closed fists near Sixth Avenue and West 34th Street on July 19.
The male driver attempts to avoid their blows and bends down to pick up an item off the street, but is continuously pummeled.
He is knocked off balance and slumps along the side of his cab as one of the women strikes him several times more and kicks him in the chest, according to the video.
The victim tries to protect his head with his hands as onlookers watch without getting involved.
The woman is pulled off by one of the men before the clip ends.
He was taken in an ambulance to New York University Hospital in stable condition.
Police said the cab driver and the individuals got into an argument before the brutal beatdown.
Two of the suspects — 35-year-old Howard Colley and 51-year-old Natalie Morgan, both of Brooklyn — were arrested at the scene, according to cops.
Colley was charged with assault for allegedly punching the side of the cabbie’s face, while Morgan was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging the right side mirror of the cab, police said.
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers called for justice.
“We must catch these young thugs and lock them up,” NYSFTD spokesperson Fernando Mateo said in a statement. “This elderly driver did not deserve this brutal beating. Assaults, stabbings, shootings, and robberies must stop.”
Mateo also noted the deadly assault of NYC taxi driver Kutin Gyimah, 52, last year in Queens.
“The last yellow cab driver that got beaten was killed, his name was Kutin Gyimah,” he said. “He was beaten to death by a group of teens in Far Rockaway on Aug. 18, 2022.”
The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission also condemned the vicious assault.
“Our city’s hardworking drivers brave the streets every day to get us where we need to go, and violence against them is totally unacceptable and illegal,” spokesperson Jason Kersten said in a statement.
“Our Driver Support Unit is in contact with the driver and offering him assistance.”
Police said their investigation into the assault is ongoing.
NYC cabbie, 60, viciously beaten by 5 brutes on busy street.
Black on white violence is out of control in this country yet no one seems to give a damn that it’s happening and it’s happening more often each passing day. pic.twitter.com/LbVVDI2VyU
— Cutter Spaulding (@SpauldingCuts) July 28, 2023