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Taxi driver arrested after beating elderly tourist who refused to pay $150 for 30 second ride

By Mason White 11:37 AM June 23, 2014
John F. Kennedy Airport 

By: Anika Rao
A taxi driver was arrested on charges of assault after beating an elderly man, who refused to pay a sky high price for a 30 second ride, police in New York said.

The Port Authority Police Department said that the tourist of Russia, was charged $149 for the taxi ride that lasted under a minute at John F. Kennedy Airport.

75-year-old Vladimir Zakharov of Moscow, got into the unlicensed livery cab driven by 41-year-old Wayne Walker, and asked for a ride to Terminal 2 on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

They arrived 30 seconds later. That is when the driver handed him the bill. Zakharov refused to pay, so Walker locked all the doors, trapping him inside his Nissan Pathfinder.

Zakharov tried to take the keys, prompting a struggle in which the driver grabbed the victim by the shirt and punched him in the face. After several minutes, the victim managed to escape.

Walker was arrested on multiple charges. He was charged with false imprisonment, assault and unlawful solicitation of ground transportation.

The victim has already returned to Russia.