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Livery Driver Stabbed in Neck and Face by Passenger, NYPD Says

By Aidan Gardiner | April 20, 2017 11:14am | Updated on April 20, 2017 11:46am
 Alex Acosta, 31, was unable to speak after a passenger stabbed him in the neck and face, his union said.
Alex Acosta, 31, was unable to speak after a passenger stabbed him in the neck and face, his union said.
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New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers Inc.

THE BRONX — A livery driver was unable to speak after a passenger stabbed him in the neck and face before stealing $40 from the cab console, officials said.

Alex Acosta, 31, picked up a passenger on Webster Avenue, between 170 and 171st streets, just minutes before 11 a.m., according to officials at the NYPD and New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.

Acosta drove north, then turned right on Claremont Parkway and then right onto Crotona Avenue, where the suspect attacked him, police said.

Acosta suffered wounds to his neck, face and chest, police said. He was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital and listed in stable condition, police said.

Acosta, who is the father of two girls, was unable to speak after the attack, his union said.

The suspect snatched the cash from the console and fled the scene, police said. He hadn't been arrested as of Thursday morning, police said.

The suspect was last seen wearing a light gray hoodie cinched around his face along with light blue jeans, police said.

The taxi driver's union is offering $1,000 for information leading to the suspect's arrest, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).