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Two teens jumped into livery cab occupied by girls before slicing off driver’s finger for defending passengers

By Emily Lewis 8:15 AM November 29, 2017
Richard de Leon

Two teens in New York went on a crime spree and left at least 3 people injured.

Police were called to a bodega after Kenneth Guzman and Juan Carlos Sanchez, both 17, stabbed people in the Bronx.

The teens fled before police arrived. They jumped into a cab that was driven by 48-year-old Richard de Leon, a married father of 4 children.

The teens got into the backseat, where three young girls were sitting. As de Leon was protecting his passengers, the teens cut off the thumb of the driver’s right hand.

The teens were arrested and charged with assault.

Fernando Mateo, the head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, is furious that a judge released one of the teens on just $200 bail despite the nature of his violent crime.

“The biggest crime, in this case, was committed by the judge who released one of these guys on $200 bail after they slashed three or four people and could have killed someone,” Mateo said.

Mateo claims that the teenager boasted on Facebook about his quick release. “He is laughing at the justice system. He’s laughing at the victim,” Mateo added.

De Leon has been unable to work and support his family since the attack. A GoFundMe account was set up to help de Leon’s family.

On GoFundMe, the family wrote: “Richard has four kids and a wife, and he is the sole provider of the household. In addition, this attack has also left him with a large amount of medical expenses, which his family is not financially able to pay.

“Richard came to this country in 1986 at the age of 17, looking for a better life and he has been a good citizen while providing a much-needed service of transporting individuals daily.

“Richard and his family need your help. No amount is too small to help this family in need as they prepare for what’s ahead of them.

“The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers and its Spokesman Fernando Mateo urge everyone who can afford to donate to please do so for a family in need.”