Detectives Posed as TLC Staff to Nab Alleged Cabbie Rapist, Sources Say
BROOKLYN — Police have caught the cab driver who allegedly raped a drunk passenger at knifepoint in Brooklyn last spring, thanks to an undercover sting in which cops posed as Taxi and Limousine officials to collect the cabbie's DNA without his knowledge, sources said.
Police announced late Monday that they had arrested Gurmeet Singh, 40, of Queens, who allegedly raped his female passenger after he picked her up at 6 a.m. at Rodney and South First Street in Williamsburg and she passed out in the back seat, cops said.
The 26-year-old victim, who was not identified, had been drinking and fell asleep for what she believed was a trip to Manhattan. When she woke up, she found herself tied up and being sexually assaulted just blocks from where she hailed the cab, CBS reported.
Singh then robbed his victim of her cell phone and $20, and kicked her out of his cab, police said.
The woman was treated at a local hospital for cuts to her hands and face.
Detectives working the case launched an undercover sting in which cops posed as members of the Taxi and Limousine Commission and invited Singh in for a routine issue, source said. While he was there, he was offered a glass of water, from which investigators obtained his DNA, sources said.
Singh was charged with rape, robbery, assault, menacing and sex abuse, police said.
Trevor Kapp contributed to this story.