Knife-Wielding Morgan Stanley Bond Guy: I Was Abducted!
The Morgan Stanley fixed-income executive who has been criminally charged for allegedly attacking a taxi driver now says the driver abducted him.
William Bryan Jennings, who is chief of North American fixed-income at Morgan Stanley , told the New York Post that the police have charged the wrong guy.
From the New York Post:
“He was held against his will in that vehicle. The cabdriver has admitted that,” banker W. Bryan Jennings’ attorney, Eugene Riccio, told the Post.
“We asked the police department” to file charges, Riccio said. “No charges have been brought so far.”
Jennings told cops that driver Mohamed Ammar locked him in the cab when he refused to pay an “incredibly high” $294 fare — not the $204 the cabby claimed — when they pulled up to his Darien home.
Some facts aren’t under dispute. A taxi driver drove Jennings from New York City to his home in Darien, N.Y. The two men argued about the fare. The taxi driver drove away from Jennings’ home with Jennings still in the back seat. Jennings produced a pocket knife. The driver’s hand was cut. Jennings got out of the car and ran the mile-and-a-half distance back to his home.
The driver has said that Jennings attempted to attack him through a gap in the partition between the front and back seat. Jennings says the driver lunged at the knife after he took it out of his briefcase while looking for his cell-phone. He denies ever attempting to cut the driver.
The stakes are high for Jennings. He has been charged not only with assault, but with also with larceny and committing a hate-crime for allegedly using racially charged language during his altercation with the cab driver.
As we mentioned last week, the case seems far less clear-cut than initial news reports indicated.
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