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Livery Driver Slugs Cabbie Who Photographed Him Poaching Passengers at JFK

By Aidan Gardiner | August 9, 2013 12:41pm

NEW YORK CITY — What the hail?

A livery car driver unleashed a flurry of blows on a yellow cabbie who photographed him trying to poach passengers at JFK Airport Airport Thursday, sources said.

The yellow-taxi driver was waiting in the taxi line of the airport's Terminal 7 when he spotted Karl Graham trying to illegally pick up riders about 6 p.m., according to a Port Authority spokesman.

That's when the cabbie, whose identity was not released, started taking pictures of Graham, 42, sources said.

Unless pre-arranged, livery drivers aren't permitted to pick up riders from the curb at airports, according to the Taxi & Limousine Commission.

Graham then parked his car nearby and walked back to confront the yellow cabbie, sources said.

The suspect, who stands more than 6 feet and weighs more than 200 pounds, punched the driver repeatedly, leaving him with scratches and bruises on his neck and chest, sources said.

Graham took the cabbie's keys and then returned to his car, where he sat until Port Authority police found and arrested him a short time later, a spokesman said.

The suspect, who lives in East New York, was expected to be charged with assault and robbery, the spokesman added.