Cabbie’s Cell Cam Helps Nab L.I. Attack Suspects

Nassau Cops Credit Driver, Say Video 'Helped Seal The Case'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County Police are thanking a quick thinking cab driver who they said helped catch two men accused of a brutal beating and robbery on Long Island.

Christian Cruz of Lynbrook and Steven Wilhemsen of East Rockway were arrested and are accused in an attack on a 30-year-old man trying to catch a cab to get home at the Valley Stream Long Island Rail Road station Tuesday night, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports.

The victim was allegedly jumped, beaten and robbed of $40 by Wilhemsen and Cruz, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported

Cab driver Jean Cadet recorded the pictures on his cell phone after the victim was set upon by the suspects. Dispatcher Kathryn Lahn called 911.

WARNING: Video contains disturbing images of violence and language

“I was afraid because you don’t know what these kids are going to do nowadays,” Lahn said.

Nassau County Police Sgt. Kenneth Catalini said the cabbie’s reaction was “very timely” and that the video “helped seal this case.”

CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan spoke with the manager of Valley Stream Taxi, Eric Morgenstern, who said it was a “good idea” for Cadet to “keep that cell phone video going.”

“Anytime anyone sees anything, put that cell phone on – it saves lives,” Morgenstern said.

The two suspects have pleaded not guilty.  The victim remains in the hospital.


One Comment

  1. pompey says:

    Joe is right, DC is not a state, its a sewer.

  2. Herkco says:

    This may be scary, but outofcontrol cops can be a whole lot worse.

  3. amos says:

    Snot nosed punks. .not to mentioned the cowards standing around watching it and that includes the camera man.
    What the heck has happened to this country. . esh

  4. KRL says:

    Maybe if NYC had sensible gun laws, the cabby could have stopped the beating instead of having to sit idly by and video it on his cell phone.

  5. sailordude says:

    That’s SAVAGE? Boy NYC has gotten pretty wimpy from the days I lived there.

  6. retired Navy says:

    Liberal New Yorkers are so weird…

  7. Falcon5 says:

    It’s not about the cell phone video…look closely, do you see OTHER people there standing around with their head up there ass?? Why are we so afraid to step in and help another human being that is in trouble?? That’s what’s immoral and is sickening.

  8. Mark says:

    I say some people are just a waste of human flesh. I am packing heat to keep my familily safe from such creatures.

  9. Barry Soetoro says:

    A couple members of the Barry Soetoro’s base (aka Hussein Obama from Kenya) beating a productive taxpayer. Just like the thugs do in DC. And the spineless New Yorkers are so domesticated and feminine that no one helps the victim.

  10. David says:

    People should have to have a license to procreate. People who commit crimes like that should be sterilized.

  11. Gregg says:

    That is why in Texas we have concealed hand gun laws and these two punks would be dead.

  12. Stan says:

    Drop this human offal into Kandahar. The Taliban can shoot them up and waste their ammo on them and then our boys can mop up it up.

  13. WilliamPenn says:

    Legally armed citizens don’t have to take a beat-down, except the 2nd Amendment doesn’t exist in NY. Sorry, people, you’ll just have to keep taking your beatings.

  14. Arnold Ziffle says:

    Why do people live in New York? You have no right to protect yourself and the street monkies have NO reason to fear anyone.

  15. dave says:

    And people were standing around watching…..not doing a damn thing to help the guy. Great…..just great…..what a bunch of losers.

  16. HTuttle says:

    “Anytime anyone sees anything, put that cell phone on – it saves lives,” Morgenstern said.

    Unless it’s cops because then you’ll be arrested for illegal wiretapping.

  17. steve says:

    Calm down and play some
    These punks are going to jail, even if just for $1.
    Then they will sue the guy they beat up for hurting their fists.

  18. ussjimmycarter says:

    Don’t just stand around or lie there and take a beat down. Jump on these punks and kick their smarmy little butts!

  19. Bill in Tennessee says:

    Now that we know who the perps are, can we just have them put down like rabid animals?

  20. Walter says:

    Generation Z – for ZEROES

  21. Ninetoes says:

    Looks like democrats that went to P.S. in NYC

  22. NoGuff says:

    Unfortunately, this is what heppens when thugs know its illegal for citizens to protect themselves by being armed.

  23. ben says:

    I dont call 911

  24. Kurt says:

    I hope those two punks get prison time for this and are raped. Then they will know what it is like to be a victim.

  25. Willy Poo says:

    When seconds count the police are only minutes away.

  26. steve says:

    Not very Christian, Christian…

  27. Rolo says:

    you call that a savage beating?

  28. ldb says:

    drudge posted as “Savage”
    which i mediatelly thought michael savage

  29. joe dokes says:

    Fast trial, short rope.


  30. Tatsumo Shimubuku says:

    Thugs deserve death

  31. alanwillingham says:

    The police may may possibly charge the cab driver with illegal wiretapping since he apparently didn’t get permission from the two individuals beating and robbing the victim.

  32. noneya says:

    In Texas this would never have happened. Some citizen would shot these thugs and then received a medal from the mayor…New York in a cesspool

  33. CaliMan says:

    Ahh yes, more uppity ghetto turds acting “gansta.” Pathetic losers. Should be a hunting season for ghetto rats. Would be fun.

  34. Hank says:

    Freekin monkeys. How anyone lives in that cesspool of a state is beyond me.

  35. yomammy says:

    This is all Obama’s fault!!

    1. Bill Birtizman says:

      You damn right it is!

      1. Husein Barak says:

        No, No NO!…It’s all Bush’s fault, remember…

  36. Dutra says:

    Say it. Come on and say it! Scream it out loud!! Black on white! Hate crime.

    1. KPMc says:

      Did you even watch the video??

      There is apparently an Hispanic kid and a lumpy, fat disgusting white turd who should put his shirt on in public.

      The only black person is the cabbie that video taped it.

    2. Whitey says:

      How can black on white be a hate crime? Jesse Jackson has proven that only white people can be racists. It follows therefore that only white people can commit racial hate crimes. Ipso facto, nowattameen?

  37. Richard_G says:

    What if it turned out that the attackers were undercover cops? Would he still be a hero or under arrest? At the time of the attack, how could he have known for sure?

  38. Malcome X says:

    We need many Bernard Goetz’s to dispatch these thugs!

  39. billy says:

    funny how cops love cell cameras when they help them catch criminals but hate them when they are used to defend yourself from lawbreaking cops….

  40. tham says:

    send them to Afghanistan with NO weapons. Let these neanderthals check for roadside bombs or just dump them in the landfill since they are obviously garbage.

    1. gladi'mouttathere says:

      Right on tham!

    2. Michael S. says:

      Don’t insult the Neanderthals.

  41. Bill G. says:

    Yes, in many states it is a felony to film/record a police officer without consent. A public official, performing official duties in public, is having a private conversation and cannot be filmed/recorded without consent.
    Your privately owned vehicle, found in a public location by a police officer, can have a tracking unit attached without a warrant.
    You do not have the right to privacy for your vehicle when it is in a public location.
    The public official, performing official duties, does.
    Isn’t big government wonderful?

    1. Noncompliance says:

      No, it’s not illegal. Thay just want you to think it is.

    2. Joe says:

      You don’t have a right to privacy for your vehicle if it’s parked in your driveway!! Did you see that recent ruling?

  42. gladi'mouttathere says:

    That’s right…just stand around and watch! What a bunch of spineless idiots East Coasters are! I should know…I was born and raised in Jersey. That’s why I don’t live anywhere near there! And I live in a concealed carry state..when will the East Coast wake up!

    1. B says:

      Amen…conceal and carry is the way. “when we outlaw guns…only outlaws will have guns”. I live in a state that just doesn’t get it. They banned hand guns in the city…that did nothing except give the ignorant, no pride, self hating thugs the motive to rob, beat and kill anyone they please because they know the citizens WHO ACTUALLY PAY TAXES cant carry guns.

      1. Johnny Johnson says:

        Always carry. Never tell.

    2. KPMc says:

      Glad your out of here too.

    3. Big Ed says:

      Hey, not “east coast” pal…you mean the North East lib elitists…I live in a concealed carry state too, Florida. We also have the “stand your ground” doctrine. We’re taking out the thugs one by one and then calling 911.
      My little Kimber .45 takes seconds when the cops are minutes away….We don’t play.

      1. Big John says:

        Big Ed,
        absolutely right.
        When seconds count the police are only minutes away.
        Sig 9mm.

      2. Shiv says:

        Got to love the castle doctrine we have in FLA! And if they enter the house unlawfully, how do you guys in NJ say it – fugetaboutit! Blast away.

      3. Mike-N-TN says:

        I have a Kimber .45 also. Sweet piece!

    4. James says:

      I jump in and help all the time. I live in Boston.


    Diversity is our STRENGTH!!!!

    And the check is in the mail.

  44. julio says:

    yeah, leave that cell phone cam on, unless you’re recording police brutality. THEN it’s a felony. Very clear.

    1. bb king says:

      actually not. read the recent d.c. decision that states you can video/audio record a traffic stop or police in public because there is no expectation of privacy.

      1. Scott says:

        Ah, some states have wiretapping laws that make it illegal to record if both parties dont consent and that is why people are getting into hot water videoing traffic stops and the like. The cops obviously wont consent after the fact if they just beat you or your spouse/friend/whatever up.

      2. Joe says:

        Maybe in D.C., but not in the states. (D.C. isn’t a state)

    2. James says:

      That case was thrown out by the court. The charges against the motorist were dropped!! Yeh!!

    3. Thomas says:

      no it’s not a felony to record police officers in action. You actually have more rights to film law enforcement officials than regular citizens. They’ll TELL you it’s illegal, but they’re just lying and breaking the law themselves

      1. Joe says:

        Again, do your research. This is a highly contested issue, and it differs from state to state.

    4. dmorris says:

      What a bunch of idiots you two are. What would you do? Probalbly sit there and watch because it was a white guy right? Sickening

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