Police arrested the man who shot a livery car driver seven times while robbing him of only $23 in the Bronx earlier this month, officials said on Sunday.
Mario Powell, 27, was busted on Saturday afternoon for the attack against 26-year-old cab driver Jeffrey Cisnero Camacho on March 17, officials said.
Camacho’s car was dispatched by Excellent Car Service of the Bronx near Boston Road and Fish Avenue in Williamsbridge. Powell got into his car around 12:45 a.m. and asked to be driven to Morrison Avenue near East 172nd Street in Soundview.
When they arrived at the destination, Powell allegedly flashed a gun and demanded money. He shot Camacho seven times, striking him in the leg, thigh, arm, back, chest and abdomen, according to police and the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.
Camacho pleaded with the gunman to spare him his life for his young daughters. Powell allegedly made off with $23 in cash and the cabbie’s wallet, police said.
The husband and father of three girls, ages 7, 4 and 2, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center and is recovering from his injuries. A GoFundMe page was created in his name.
“I can only thank God that he allowed me to see my three baby girls another day,” Camacho said in a statement.
Powell was charged with robbery for the attack, cops said.