Friday, July 31, 2015

Photos: Bail set at $1 million for cousins accused in brutal beating of cab driver

Bail for two cousins who police say brutally beat and robbed a taxi driver in Southwest Philadelphia last week has been set at $1 million each.

Photos: Bail set at $1 million for cousins accused in brutal beating of cab driver

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Bail for two cousins who police say brutally beat and robbed a taxi driver in Southwest Philadelphia last week has been set at $1 million each.

Once surveillance video of the suspects, cousins Nahfeeh Williams, 18, and Dawald Williams, 25, walking in SEPTA’s 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby before they allegedly robbed the cab driver on Valentine’s Day was released, the pair didn’t stand much of a chance. On Tuesday, police received a tip call that they were hiding out at an apartment on Copley Road near Market Street in Upper Darby.

When police went to that apartment Tuesday, they found Nafeeh Williams hiding in a bathroom inside, they said. While officers were still there, Dawald Williams showed up.

Both were arrested there and eventually gave statements to police admitting to their involvement in the robbery.

The Williamses, both of Mifflin Street near 20th in South Philadelphia, are facing a slew of charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, conspiracy, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and related offenses. Each was arraigned Wednesday and held on $1 million bail.

Police say the pair hailed a Quaker City cab outside 69th Street Terminal late last Thursday night and asked for a ride to Island Avenue and Lindbergh Boulevard. When they arrived there, one of them wrapped a belt around the 53-year-old driver’s neck while the other rifled through his pockets, taking his wallet containing $100 cash and debit cards.

The thugs then demanded that the cab driver give up the PIN numbers to his debit cards, put him in the trunk of the cab and severely beat him before driving him around the area of about 20 minutes, police said, then leaving him in the trunk and taking off. The cab driver managed to free himself from the trunk and drove back to his company’s headquarters on Upland Street near Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, where police were called.

The driver was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical but stable condition, where his head wounds required more than 100 staples to close, police said. The man’s landlord, reached by the Daily News on Thursday, said he seemed to be doing “pretty good” over the weekend.

The Williams cousins are set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing March 7.

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