CT Banker Faces Assault Charge As Hate Crime After Cab Ride Home From Manhattan

DARIEN, CT (CBSNewYork) – When William Bryan Jennings, an executive with Morgan Stanley, hopped into a cab in Manhattan, he instructed the driver to take him to his home in Darien.

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But when they arrived, the cabbie set a very high price for the trip. The driver says it was $200, but Jennings’ lawyer claims it was $300.

Jennings refused to pay, and says his attorney Gene Riccio, that prompted the cabbie to step on it and head back to New York with Jennings still in the rear seat.

Riccio says Jennings resorted to pulling out his pen knife.

“The cab driver tried to grab the knife and, at that point stopped the vehicle, and my client was able to escape,” said Riccio.

Darien police say Jennings stabbed the cabbie in the hand, but Riccio says the hand wound occurred as the two wrestled to gain control of the knife.

Riccio says at no time did Jennings disparage the driver’s racial heritage, as is charged by Darien police.

Though the driver made the complaint on December 22, 2011, charged were not filed until Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Jennings was charged with assault as a hate crime. He was released on bond and is due back in court on March 7.

  • Cab Driver

    I hold a shoe up in the air as a sign of disrespect to you american satans

  • Michael Moore

    I remember my daddy used to take a stick and dip it in some dog mess then stick it in my mouth “business end first”
    To this day I can’t help but take a taste when I see a fresh “treat” next to the sidewalk

  • Obeserver On The Hill

    yes, but being from posh Darien, it was no doubt a GOLD penknife

    • bob

      if he were trying to screw a hard working cab driver then he needs to serve time in the big house. if however the cabdriver was trying to extract extra money then what was agreed to, then the cabdriver needs to be held accountable. Isnt that so solomonuesque

  • sk

    This story is very heart breaking for the cabbies whose are abused by Anonymous civilian who got into cab for ride……i wanna share my experience; since i lost my job; i drove yellow cab in the city for about 6 months; there are very seldom (Anonymous) passenger they knows when? & how to make fool the cabbies; lets say around midnight on Friday/Saturday night; after parties most of the (Anonymous) heading to hom in out of town; usually midnight they don’t argue with Yellow cabbies in the city; they knows very well if they discussed longer the driver will not take them; so what they do is got in the cab requesting to have ride out of town…..when they ‘re close to his/her distination area those (Anonymous) act; very smart way to make fool around cabbies intension; the reason they do this; (Anonymous) passenger doesn’t have enough money for the ride; but before getting into cab ride for their distination he/she already knew it; then they try to escape/ mostly they run-away or threat the driver; so above case is not new@ this story is very common to the cabbies; if that cabbie is smart enough could lock the car and take that (Anonymous) passenger to Law Enforcement i strongly believe they will get police department help rightway; I hope the law enforcement department/ Regional DA will take a look at this matter as a Citizen rights & as well the civil rights as a Resistance not a yellow cabbie………who ever stabbed this cabbie; that (Anonymous) should face ASSULTING with Weapons charge; Thanks everyone for reading;

    • MikeD

      Learn basic English writing please.

  • CrazyPeopleUSA

    It took them 3 months to charge the guy. Was the cab driver a Muslim by chance??? No one but those 2 guys will ever know what happened, what was said, etc. The police are being “politically correct.” Despite all the vicious comments here, the case will obviously be thrown out of court, if it ever gets there. And a “hate” crime? BS!!!

  • bob

    me thnks the darien police are covering their asses. from what i read, the cab driver held williams hostage and he fought to free himself. if the darien police had any balls they would have arrested the cab driver for attempted kidnapping. you here that darien wuss police? how dont have balls. but im sure if you caught a soccer mom leaving a middle school fund raiser who has two glasses of wine, you’d throw the freakin book at her. hang in there williams jennings bryan. aside from being an early 20th century politician, i fully support you on this

  • Bullett

    Another (I’m above the law & you) snob who deserves loss of his job & jail time for assault.

  • StormsNYC

    Seriously, who carries a pen knife? Really?!?

  • Al

    uhhh, isn’t holding someone against there will considered kidnapping? the driver may have been in the right to start but he sure stepped in it afterwards.

    • Al

      their will, PMIF

  • lieutenantdan

    Did anyone see the article

    One Out Of Every Ten Wall Street Employees Is A Psychopath, Say Researchers


    • CrazyPeopleUSA

      one out of ten AMERICANS is a psychopath!!!

      • Osama been laid down

        9 out of 10 terrorists are muslim

  • Karl Marx's Love Child

    This man was obviously a wealthy pompous idiot. If the story happened as sleazy lawyer Riccio said, didn’t this guy consider calling the police rather than pulling out a knife? I don’t think it was a hate crime but that man had the option to call the police but chose to take the law into his hands. Throw the book at him.

    • Tommie T

      When people get kidnapped they are prone to act impulsively to try to escape. Hence the knife. Also looks like the banker was trying to call the police but the cabbie kept waving his arm around at the banker to prevent him from using his cell phone.

  • bigdog

    “Tale sof the 1%.”
    That will be one less passenger from Darien on Mertro North.

    • Cab Driver

      I slap and go #2 on your 99%

  • diver

    Sounds like the work of two idiots. Are idiots a minority group?

    • SoSo

      No, unfortunately it the majority

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