UPDATE: The lawyer for the cab driver who was stabbed by a Morgan Stanley executive who refused to pay the fare for a ride from Manhattan to Darien recently told The Darien Times that his client is “pursuing all legal options.”
Hassan Ahmad told The Times that his client, Mohamed Anmar, “wants justice.”
“He wants the defendant (William Bryan Jennings) prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Ahmad said. He declined to comment further on the case.
William Bryan Jennings pleaded not guilty to felony hate crime, felony assault and larceny at a pre-trial hearing at Stamford Superior Court on Friday.
Jennings appeared in court with his lawyer, Gene Riccio, for the plea. An arraignment has been scheduled for Thursday, April 12. Judge Robert L. Genuario presided over the hearing, and it’s unclear whether he will oversee future hearings. The name of the lead prosecuting attorney has not yet been released to press.
Jennings faces the charges after not paying the cab fare from Manhattan to his Darien home in December. While arguing over the amount of the fare, Jennings pulled out a knife and ending up cutting the cab driver’s hand, although it’s unclear whether the cuts were intentional as the two men have conflicted recollections of the event. Jennings admitted to police that he drank several beers at a holiday party before getting his ride home.
The driver, Mohamed Anmar of Queens, N.Y., also told police that Jennings threatened him with racial slurs. Riccio said this accusation is false, and claims his client was the victim of an abduction. Anmar is not facing any charges.
Anmar has retained the law services of Hassan Ahmad of Ahmad Naqvi Rodriguez in Manhattan.
Under Connecticut’s hate crime statute, Anmar could seek civil damages from Jennings, according to a Bloomberg report. In May of last year, a black man who worked as a livery driver sued a Greenwich police officer, claiming he was racially profiled when he was stopped while driving a client’s Mercedes. That case was also handled in Stamford Superior Court.
If convicted, Jennings faces more than 10 years in prison and a $10,500 fine.