Authorities say the victim hailed the cabbie's SUV in East Flatbush around 5 a.m. Tuesday. She was raped inside the vehicle and managed to escape near East 95th Street and Avenue B, where she flagged down another cab and, in tears, asked the driver for help, according to the driver and police.
"She sit in the van. I asked her what happened. I see she crying, you know, so I asked what happened," said the driver, who asked to be called only by his first name, Francis. "She tell me, 'I got raped.'"
Francis said he drove the woman to a hospital so she could be treated and file a police report.
He says he hopes someone else will now step forward to help the woman by identifying the man seen in surveillance photos released by police (above).
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
-Marc Santia contributed to this story