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Sketch released in Queens livery stabbing

July 18, 2013 6:29:42 PM PDT
Police are investigating a stabbing early Saturday morning on 68-10 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, Queens that left one man dead and another injured.

A man driving a black Lincoln town car took a bat to 25-year-old Isaac Martinez and another man around 5:00 Saturday morning, eventually stabbing them. Police released a sketch of the suspect on Thursday.

Martinez died, and his friend is in stable condition. It is unclear whether the man who stabbed them was a livery cab driver.

"We can't assume because you are driving a Lincoln cab that you're a livery cab driver, that's not the case," said President of the Taxi Drivers Union, Fernando Mateo.

Mateo is offering a $5,000 reward to find the suspect not on behalf of the taxi drivers, but on behalf of his community group, Hispanics Across America.

"We believe that by offering a $5,000 reward, we will get information on who committed this crime, and hopefully get people behind bars," said Mateo.

It is unclear whether Martinez and his friend got in a fight with the driver. The two were apparently drunk and had just picked up some beer.

Martinez' cousin, Michael Aguirre says Martinez worked as a DJ, and usually always came home right after work.

"He was pretty cool, a really nice guy, friendly to people," said Aguirre.

The driver of the cab is described as an Asian male, about 30 years old.


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