QUEENS — Police identified the man who is accused of viciously stabbing a livery cab driver multiple times in Ridgewood Thursday before stealing his car.
Police are looking for Kenneth Suden, 41, of Ridgewood who they say knifed Fernando Crespin, 30, several times in the chest, arms and hands, critically wounding him.
But fellow cabbies are furious at police after a traffic enforcement agent slapped a ticket on the blood-stained car after Suden abandoned it in a bus stop.
An NYPD spokeswoman said that the ticket agent did not report any blood stains on the car, angering the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.
“The ticket writer should have noticed all the blood on the car and called 911 to report the bloody cab to police,” said Fernado Mateo, a spokesman for drivers group.
The attack began when the suspect called the cab to Hemlock Street and Jamaica Avenue around 1:10 a.m. and asked Crespin to drop him off at his 60th street home, police said.
But when the cab got to 70th Avenue, just blocks away from Suden’s residence, an argument broke out and the suspect attacked Crespin, police said.
Suden then stole the driver’s gray 2012 Toyota Camry and fled, authorities said, leaving the wounded cabbie on the street.
Three cars drove around Crespin before a good Samaritan called for help.
“I raised my arm to avoid getting hit by a car,” Crespin said, according to a statement by the Taxi Federation.
He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition and was recovering Friday.
Another livery cab driver found Crespin’s bloodied cab Thursday afternoon in Ridgewood with a parking ticket slapped on the windshield, Mateo said. The group wants to give a $1,000 reward to the good Samaritan who called for help.
Police confirmed that an NYPD traffic agent issued the ticket hours after the attack because the vehicle was illegally parked at a bus stop on Madison Street and Fairview Avenue.
Mateo added that police are going to void the ticket.
Anyone with information on Suden’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).