THE BRONX — Three people were arrested in connection with the murder of two livery cab drivers within a week in The Bronx, a police spokeswoman said.
The trio, whose identities were not released, were expected to be arraigned in Manhattan federal court Friday afternoon for the shooting death of a 62-year-old driver in Hunts Point Tuesday, and the shooting death of driver Maodo Kane in Eastchester on Aug. 5, officials said.
Police could not say why the trio was being arraigned in federal court instead of criminal court. The Bronx District Attorneys Office referred calls to the US Attorneys Office. The US Attorneys Office declined to discuss the case.
New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers founder Fernando Mateo said Kane "was the kind of guy that anyone would want to spend time with."
Kane, 49, was shot in the head on Aug. 5 at 3412 Hunter Ave in Eastchester, police said.
A week later, a 62-year-old driver whose name was not released was shot in the back of the head after driving a male passenger to Bryant Avenue in Hunts Point at 6 a.m. Tuesday, police said.