A Morgan Stanley managing director was arrested and charged with a hate crime for allegedly threatening and stabbing a taxi driver of Middle Eastern descent back in December over a cab fare dispute from the city to his multi-million dollar Connecticut home, the Connecticut Post reports.From the CTPost:
Darien police charged William Bryan Jennings, 47, of Knollwood Lane, with second-degree assault, theft of services and second-degree intimidation based on race or bigotry. He was released after posting $9,500 bond and was to appear at court March 7. Jennings denied the allegations and through his attorney, Eugene Riccio, said he is the victim in the case.
Police say Jennings, who is currently the co-head of fixed income capital markets at Morgan Stanley, refused to pay a $200 cab fair and then threatened the driver and used racial slurs, according to the CTPost.
The police also say that the cab driver then drove off with Jennings still in the backseat to find a cop to settle the dispute, but when the taxi driver stuck his hand into the backseat window he was stabbed by Jennings with a penknife, the report said.
An attorney for Jennings denied the allegations saying that after disputing the fare, which he says was actually $300, Jennings was abducted by the driver who was speeding, running stop signs and red lights in an attempt to drop him off back in the city, the report said. The attorney also said Jennings got out his penknife and demanded to be set free because he was afraid, but the driver tried to take the knife and was accidentally cut while putting his hand through the window.
We called Jennings’ desk at Morgan Stanley for comment and we were told he was not there. A spokesperson for Morgan Stanley said he has been placed on leave.
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