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NYC taxi driver accused of sex attacks



A yellow taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting two women in Manhattan plied one of them with alcohol before he attacked her, police said Thursday.

In a news release, police said they are seeking other possible victims of the cabbie, identified as Muhammad Wasim, 36.

Wasim was busted Monday and charged with attempted rape and sexual abuse for the two attacks in Greenwich Village.

One victim hailed Wasim’s cab at the corner of Houston and Thompson streets at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, said police.

He locked his cab’s back doors and had her get into the front passenger seat, police said.

Instead of driving her home, he drove in a different direction — and offered her shots of booze from bottles he kept in his vehicle, said police.

The woman took one of the shots, said cops.

When she tried to get out of the cab, Wasim reached over and closed the cab door and started assaulting her, said police. The attack was recorded by a video camera inside the cab, police sources said.

After 15 harrowing minutes, the woman managed to escape and flee. She called a friend, who called her an Uber. The next day, she called 911.

Wasim struck a second time Oct. 20, when he attacked a 36-year-old woman as she walked on W. 12th St. near W. 4th St. at about 4:30 a.m., police said.

He jumped her from behind, grabbed her breasts and knocked her to the ground — but fled because he thought someone else on the street saw him, said police sources. That attack was also caught on video, the sources said.

Initially, detectives in NYPD’s Special Victims Squad investigated the attacks separately. Officer Christopher Stack and Detective James Santana compared compared video footage and other evidence to link Wasim to both, police sources said.

Wasim was arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court and ordered held on $30,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail. Public records show he paid his bail and was released Thursday.

Police said other possible victims of Wasim should call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.