NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The fourth suspect in connection with the murders of two livery cab drivers in the Bronx has been arrested.
Tommy Smalls, 29, and three other men are accused of murdering two cab drivers and then stealing their cars to commit other crimes in the Bronx and Yonkers.
Smalls was apprehended by police overnight, officials said.
The three other suspects, identified by the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers as Takiem Ewing, Tyrone Felder and Kareem Martin, were arrested Friday after a taxi cab driver reportedly saw the suspects and called police with a tip.
“We are sending a clear message to those that assault, hurt, fare beat and murder our drivers. If you commit the crime you will do the time,” said Fernando Mateo, spokesman for the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. “We can now start the healing process knowing these thugs are off our streets. Drivers will work without fearing their next fare.”
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, Mateo believes the death penalty should be on the table as a deterrent for any would-be copycats.