New York City yellow cab driver Gurmeet Singh, 40, of Queens, has been arrested by the NYPD in connection with the alleged knifepoint rape of a 26-year-old female passenger. Singh has been charged with rape, robbery, assault, menacing, and sex abuse, reports NBC NY — he reportedly stole the victim’s phone and $20 before he fled the scene of the incident, which occurred in Williamsburg in May.
Singh, who has no prior arrests, is said to have tied up and raped his passenger, who was en route to Manhattan, around Rodney Street and South First Street after she fell asleep in his cab at 6 a.m. on May 6, 2011. She was treated for lacerations to the hands and face following the attack.
The Daily News reports that Singh’s DNA was matched to forensic evidence. The Post indicates that he is a suspect in another rape, which took place in Harlem on September 23.
Update: The Post reports that the NYPD was able to match Singh’s DNA to evidence uncovered in the investigation by calling him in to discuss another issue and offering him a drink of water:
Singh accepted — and as he sipped his drink, he left behind a bit of his DNA on the cup.
That DNA matched up with evidence uncovered in the police investigation of two sex assaults last year.
Singh was to be arraigned today.