Cops have released a sketch of the rogue cab driver who they say tied up and raped his passenger at knifepoint at the end of a horrific ride through Williamsburg last week.
The 26-year-old victim told police that she had spent the early part of the night celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Public Assembly on N. Sixth Street. At some point after midnight, she hailed a cab — but instead of getting a ride home, she was taken to a darkened corner of Rodney Street near S. First Street, where the cabbie allegedly pulled a knife, bound her wrists together and raped her.
He then took her cellphone and $20 before letting her go at 6 am.
In the black-and-white sketch, the suspect is about 45 years old and wearing a turban, which police said is orange. Cops say he is about 5-foot-8 with a dark, scraggly beard.
A spokesman for the Taxi and Limousine Commission said that the agency would distribute the sketch to taxi garages and for-hire vehicles throughout the city.
Anyone with information regarding the rape is asked to call the NYPD hotline at (800) 577-8477.
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