Cabbie Arrested in Knifepoint Rape Attack on Passenger: Cops

Police charged 40-year-old Gurmeet Singh with rape, robbery, assault, menacing and sex abuse.

By Shimon Prokupecz and John Noel
|  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012  |  Updated 6:23 AM EDT
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A yellow cab driver was set to be arraigned in the rape of a woman in his taxi at knifepoint. It happened back in May in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. John Noel reports.

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A yellow cab driver was set to be arraigned in the rape of a woman in his taxi at knifepoint. It happened back in May in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. John Noel reports.

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Police say they have arrested a yellow cab driver in connection with the rape of a passenger last May in Brooklyn.      

A law enforcement official also said Tuesday that authorities are also looking at the same driver, Gurmeet Singh, for another rape in September in Manhattan, after a woman was picked up from a bar around midnight. In that case, the driver followed the woman into her apartment and raped her, police said.

In the Brooklyn attack for which Singh is charged, the 26-year-old woman had apparently been drinking at a Williamsburg club and had fallen asleep in the back of the taxi.

When she awoke, her hands were tied with a scarf and the driver was raping her, police said.

He then allegedly stole her cell phone and $20 in cash before pushing her out of the cab and fleeing the scene near Rodney and South First streets.    

The victim was treated for lacerations to the hands and face at a local hospital after the attack.

Police charged 40-year-old Singh with rape, robbery, assault, menacing and sex abuse. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.  

He was arrested after police got his DNA from a cup he threw away at Taxi and Limousine Commission headquarters, after being asked to appear at a meeting there late last month. Sources said the DNA was a match.    

His father, Dhan Singh, told NBC New York that the arrest was a mistake.

"My son could not do something like that. He is a very religious man with a wife and two children," Singh said.

The TLC deferred all calls about the arrest to the police department.

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