Far Rockaway, Queens (WABC) – Police have arrested two 20-year-old men and a 15-year-old girl who are facing charges of fatally shooting a New York City taxi driver.
Austin Amos walked into the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Wednesday night, accompanied by his mother, after detectives A video of the suspects has been released Wanted in the death of Cotten Cloud 52 years old.
Police say Jemma hit his head on the ground during an altercation with dodging passengers on Saturday.
Amos is accused of manslaughter, gang assault, assault and theft of services. Six have been arrested before, including theft, criminal corruption, criminal contempt and sexual misconduct.
The second man, 20-year-old Nicholas Porter, also arrived in the area Wednesday night, and was charged with gang assault and theft of services.
A 15-year-old girl was arrested and charged with assaulting gangs and theft of services.
A 13-year-old girl is still being sought for her alleged role in the attack, and she is also expected to be charged with mass assault once she is taken into custody.
Investigators say they are her identity and are looking for her.
A 16-year-old girl who has been identified by investigators is currently being treated as a witness.
Investigators believe that Amos dealt the fatal blow to the taxi driver, sending him to the curb and possibly causing his death.
Surveillance video shows the moment Jimma was punched and fell on his head. His wife, Abigail Geham, said she was relieved by the news of the arrest.
“He was my kids’ hero,” she said. “He was my backbone. He was the person I looked up to. I looked up to God, but besides God, he was the only person I looked up to. And now, his life was just cut short in this way.”
The couple has four children aged 3, 5, 7 and 8 years old.
“It was my backbone,” she said. He said over the weekend. “I’m lost now. My kids are here. I don’t know what to do now. I’m lost. I’m lost in this world.”
Geham’s colleagues described him as a man who worked tirelessly, especially at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This guy was driving, he didn’t stop carrying passengers,” fellow driver Spiros Drakos said. “That for me is a hero, like first responders. If a doctor or a nurse or someone or a family member needed to get somewhere, he’d drive the cab, and he never stopped.”
According to police, when Cotten Gemma let five passengers off near Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard in Edgemere before 6:30 a.m. instead of paying the fare, they tried to rob him.
Police said a cloud chased after them and was attacked.
He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to St John’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Her husband went to work … as he did every day at five in the morning, and he never came back,” said Fernando Matteo of the New York State Taxi Drivers’ Association. “This guy took them to take them where they wanted to go. Why would you kill the guy?”
The federation is also raising funds to help Geham’s family pay for the funeral with GoFundMe Page.
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