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Cops nab man wanted for slashing livery driver in Corona, murder in Manhattan

Handcuffs-psd22522April 18, 2016 Staff Report

A man wanted by police for allegedly slashing a livery cab driver in Corona Saturday as well as for questioning concerning a Manhattan murder was apprehended in Astoria this morning.

William Smith, 53, was nabbed by police at the corner of Ditmars Blvd and 31st Street at 11 am Monday, according to the NYPD.

Smith was picked up by police for allegedly slashing a livery cab driver about his back and neck upon at about 12:30 am Saturday, according to the NYPD.

The attack took place after Smith was driven by the victim to his destination at the 5840 Van Cleef Street Holiday Inn, according to police. He allegedly slashed the driver with an unknown object, then got out of the car and fled on foot, leaving behind his wallet and cell phone at the scene.

The 43-year-old cab driver was transported by EMS to Elmhurst General Hospital in stable condition.

Smith was also wanted for questioning regarding a murder that took place on Friday in Manhattan.

Police responded to a call at about 8:30 am Friday and discovered a 56-year-old unconscious man inside 400 East 30th Street with a laceration to his neck. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is being treated as a homicide and a medical Examiner has yet to determine the cause of death. The identity of the deceased has not yet been released.

Smith is in police custody, but charges are pending, according a police spokeswoman.

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