About two weeks after a taxi passenger allegedly hit his driver and then stole the man's turban, police have released a picture of the suspect and are asking for the public's help in identifying him.
Police say that the suspect in the photo got into an argument with the cab driver, Harkirat Singh, when he dropped the passenger off at Jerome Avenue and 165th Street in the Bronx on the morning of April 16. Singh is Sikh, and after the suspect allegedly punched him in the arm, the man allegedly stole Singh's turban. The man then fled on Jerome Avenue towards 164th Street.
It was previously reported that all four passengers in Singh's cab were intoxicated, and became aggressive as they told him he drove them to the wrong location. Singh then called 911, which is when one of the passengers allegedly assaulted him.
The NYPD previously said they were investigating the incident as a robbery, and it is still being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force. The NYPD described the suspect as between 20 and 30 years old, 5'9" tall, 160 pounds, with a light complexion and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket with blue denim jeans and red sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.