QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) -- A parking officer allegedly ticketed a bloody livery car that was evidence in a stabbing-turned-carjacking instead of calling 911 to report the suspicious vehicle, the state taxi union said.
“What happened to, ‘If you see something, say something?’” a spokesman for New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers said in a news release Friday.
“The ticket writer should have noticed all the blood on the car and called 911 to reported (sic) the bloody cab to Police.”
The union said Fernando Crespin’s blood-soaked car was slapped with a parking ticket hours after Crespin was stabbed seven times by an irate passenger who sped off in the gray Toyota Camry.
Police said Crespin picked up a passenger shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday near Hemlock Street and Jamaica Avenue. The passenger asked to be taken to 60th Street. When the cab arrived near 70th Street, the pair began arguing and the passenger stabbed the driver multiple times in the stomach, arm and hands.
The attacker then sped off in the car, leaving Crespin bleeding profusely in the street. He said three cars drove around him until finally someone stopped to help.
Some four hours after the attack, a parking officer came upon the abandoned Toyota Camry, which the union said was covered with blood “inside and out.”
Instead of calling 911, the officer tucked a ticket into the car’s windshield and continued on, the union said. Another livery cab driver found the stolen car, with the ticket on the dash, several hours later.
The union said if the parking officer had called 911 instead of slapping at ticket on the cab, maybe police would have had a head start tracking down the attacker, who was still at large Friday.
Police said they want to speak with Kenneth Suden, 41, of Queens, in connection with the stabbing.
A rally is set for Friday afternoon outside Liberty Car Service in Ridgewood, Queens, to demand answers. PIX11 is reaching out to city for comment in the case.
The taxi union said it wants to find the passerby who called 911 for Sudan, saying it would reward them $1,000 for helping to save the driver’s life.