Monday, June 7, 2010
According to witnesses, the cab driver, Cesar Santos, a 48-year-old Dominican immigrant (pictured, right), dropped off two young Hispanic men in front of Our Lady of Angels church on Sedgwick Avenue a few minutes before 2 p.m.
When the two men jumped out of the cab without paying, Santos chased after them, leaving his car double parked.
(Police say they are looking for the suspect shown in the below photo. The other suspect's face is obscured by a headrest. Police say both suspects were wearing white tank tops and dark shorts.)
In the process of running them down the two alleged farebeaters on some stairs that led down to Kingsbridge Terrace (pictured in photo below), one of them pulled out a gun and shot Santos in the stomach.
Santos was rushed to St. Baranabas Hospital, but would not survive the gun shot wound. Local residents say the suspects looked familiar and that they may live in the Kingsbridge Heights area where Santos was murdered.
Santos, who's wife and three kids reportedly still live in his native Dominican Republic, was living in an apartment on the Grand Concourse, near Kingsbridge Road.
Detectives from the 50th Precinct are in charge of the investigation.
If anyone has any information, police say they should call, 1-800-577-TIPS. You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers web site at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (crimes) then enter TIP577.
[Reporting and Photos by David Greene. Additional photos courtesy of the NYPD ]