The two thugs who carjacked and robbed a cabbie on Valentine's Day, beating him so severely he needed 100 staples to close a head wound, are cousins who police were able to arrest earlier today, thanks to tipsters who recognized them from video surveillance footage, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
Dawand Williams, 25, and Nahfeeh Williams, 18, whose last known address was on Mifflin Street near 20th in South Philadelphia, were charged with aggravated assault and related offenses for the attack on a 53-year-old driver for County Cab. That man, whose name wasn't released, remains at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after surgery, Walker said.
The driver picked up the cousins just after 11 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Walker said. The pair directed him to take them to the housing projects at 82nd Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, where one took off his belt and wrapped it around the driver's neck while the other rifled through the driver's pockets and stole his wallet, Walker said. Unsatisfied with the $100 they found, they beat driver with an unknown object until he gave them his pin numbers for his debit cards, Walker said.
They then chucked him in the taxi's trunk and drove around for awhile before parking the cab near 82nd Street and Lyons Avenue around 1 a.m., instructing him to free himself only after he'd given them time to get away, Walker said. After escaping the trunk, the driver then drove to his employer's base at 68th and Upland streets, where his colleagues called for an ambulance.