A 41-year-old Queens man has been accused of stabbing a livery cab driver multiple times and then stealing his car after an argument, police say.
Kenneth Sudden is charged with attempted murder, robbery, felony assault, grand larceny of an automobile and criminal possession of a weapon in the stabbing of 30-year-old Fernando Crespin early Thursday in Woodhaven.
Police say that Crespin was stabbed multiple times in the body, arm and hands after getting in an argument with a passenger who was allegedly headed to Sudden's address in Ridgewood.
The passenger then stole Crespin's taxi, pushing the victim out of the car and speeding off. Crespin was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital.
The car was later found at a bus stop in Ridgewood. The state taxi driver's union said the car was covered in blood and had been issued a parking ticket after the stabbing. The ticket was later voided.
Police identified Sudden as the suspect in the attack after the stabbing. They say he was arrested Monday afternoon after he walked into a hospital and was recognized by hospital police.
Braulio Espinal, assistant manager of Liberty Car Service, where Crespin works, said Sudden has been a "normal" customer the service has picked up before. Espinal said Sudden "must've snapped."
Espinal said Crespin is doing better and he's expected back on the job in a few weeks.
Tracie Strahan contributed to this report. Follow Tracie Strahan on Twitter @tstrahan4NY