A leading investment banker has been charged with stabbing and racially abusing a cab driver in a row over the fare from Manhattan to his multimillion-dollar Connecticut home. (Daily Mail By DANIEL MILLER)
Police claim Morgan Stanley financier W. Bryan Jennings, 45, flew into a rage and began shouting abuse when the driver insisted he pay the $203 they had agreed on.
When he refused to pay up, the cabby drove off into Jennings’ hometown of Darien to find a cop to settle the dispute with Jennings still in the back of the car.
Detective Cmdr. Ronald Bussell of the Darien police told the New York Post: ‘As he’s driving down there, the victim says, the passenger tries to stab him with a knife. He puts up his hands and gets stabbed in the hand.
‘Poor guy. He had to pay the cab fare to the car’s owner because Jennings bolted.’
However Jennings’ lawyer Eugene Riccio claims his client had been ‘kidnapped’ by the cab driver who was demanding an ‘exorbitant’ $300 after refusing Jennings’ reasonable’ offer of $160.
Riccio said Jennings had been ‘abducted’ and that it was ‘mind boggling’ that the driver had not been charged.
He denied that Jennings had made any racial slurs, saying: ‘His arrest for these charges is absolutely wrong’.
According to Riccio the driver refused to let Jennings out of the cab and told him he was going to drive him back to New York City.
He told the Post: ‘The driver had locked the doors, and by the time my client was able to get the doors unlocked, the cab was already pulling away from the home at a high rate of speed.’
He said his client had taken out the knife to try and force the driver to stop and that
He added: ‘The cabby attempts to grab the knife from my client. At that point, my client is able to escape and literally runs home.’
Jennings has been charged with assault and intimidating the Middle Eastern-born driver who needed six stitches for the wound on his hand.