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3 arrested in carjack killing of NY cab driver

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Crime,New York

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Three men were arrested Friday and police are looking for a fourth suspect in the carjacking and killing of a cab driver found lying in a Bronx street with a gunshot wound to the head.

The New York Police Department said the same suspects charged in the attack Tuesday on Aboubacar Bah were responsible for the murder of another cab driver in the borough a week earlier.

Federal prosecutors described both killings in a complaint charging Takiem Ewing, 21, Tyrone Felder, 25, and Kareem Martin, 26, in Bah's death. The men appeared in court briefly in Westchester, but did not enter pleas to a charge of carjacking with intent to cause death.

A federal magistrate ordered the men, all of the Bronx, jailed without bail. They are due back in court Aug. 30. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.

Police said late Friday that another man, Tommy Smalls, 26, was wanted in connection with both killings.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara called Bah's killing "senseless and heinous."

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos called the suspects' alleged conduct "beyond deplorable."

"As alleged, the defendants as reckless as they were ruthless, indiscriminately assassinating an innocent livery driver trying to earn a living," he said in a statement.

Investigators said they tracked Ewing, Felder and Martin down using video surveillance — including footage allegedly showing them dumping Bah's body on Bryant Avenue — and an informant.

They said in the complaint that different guns were used to kill the two cabbies but both guns were used in a May 29 shooting in the Bronx.

The complaint also described two robberies in Yonkers on Aug. 5, just before the body of the first cab driver was found on Hunter Avenue.

Gun-wielding robbers stole cash, bleach and a cell phone from a minimart, the complaint said. They also targeted a Dunkin' Donuts.

Investigators said they later found Maudo Kane's cab "doused in bleach" with the stolen phone inside.

Martin's attorney, Mark de Marco, would not comment on the case. Calls to the other suspects' lawyers were not immediately returned.

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