Lawyer for fake cabbie accused of attacking mom, kids: ‘He was trying to get them out of the car’

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QUEENS (PIX11) -- A 48-year-old Yonkers man was arraigned Friday night in Queens Criminal Court for the caught-on-camera alleged assault involving a woman and her children.

We caught up with the defendant's attorney who claims the defendant is  innocent.

On Thursday night, police arrested 48-year-old Pedro Vargas, charging him with  third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and operating a vehicle for hire without having the proper license.

Police say in this most recent case, Vargas allegedly assaulted a mother and her children after a dispute.

Defense Attorney Howard Greenberg said Vargas is not guilty.

Greenberg claimed the woman refused to pay the fare. "You'll see he's trying to get people out of his car," said Greenberg.

According to the charges, the woman was hailing a cab around 1:50 a.m. on August 24 in Manhattan when Vargas pulled up, and offered to drive her for a sum of money, even though he does not hold a permit to operate a vehicle for hire.

It is alleged that the victim entered the vehicle with her three young children, and that when they arrived at the rear of the Queens location a dispute occurred between her and Vargas.

Authorities alleged that Vargas forcefully hurled the 3-year-old child from the cab, swung his elbow into the five-year-old, and knocked her to the ground, and then, while struggling with the children’s mother as she held her one-year-old child, caused the child to be dislodged from the mother’s arms and fall to the sidewalk.

Vargas was arraigned Friday night. Bail was set at $7,500 bond over $3,500 cash.

A parole hold was put in place and the next court date is Sept 12.

If convicted, authorities say Vargas faces up to two years in jail.