Cops Make Second Arrest in Assault of Cab Driver - NBC Connecticut

Cops Make Second Arrest in Assault of Cab Driver



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    Michael Hirth was charged in the assault of a Newington cab driver.

    On Nov. 6, a cab driver pulled over to the side of the road in Newington when one of his two passengers vomited in the car. 

    As the car was stopped near 375 East Cedar St. at 1:12 a.m., the passengers punched the driver, spat at him and stole keys to the taxi, while shouting anti-Muslim slurs before running away, police said.

    Police arrested Gerald Margelot Jr., 25, of Amston, at a motel on the Berlin Turnpike and have since arrested the second suspect.

    Police obtained a warrant for Michael Hirth, 22, of, Hebron, and turned himself in to police headquarters on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

    Hirth was charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, intimidation based on bigotry and bias and additional violations.

    Police said Hirth and Gerald Margelot Jr., 25, of Amston also damaged the taxi and injured two police officers. Margelot is accused of biting of the officers, severely.

    Hirth was held on a $100,000 bond and appeared in New Britain Superior Court on Nov. 24.

    Margelot was charged with intimidation based on bigotry/bias, second-degree robbery and two counts of assault on police.

    The cab driver received injuries to his head, wrist and hands. 

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