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Taxi cab driver assaulted in Morris County, police seek help

DOVER, NJ (Morris County) – The Dover Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying the individual responsible for an aggravated assault against a taxi cab driver Monday night.

On December 13, police responded to the area of Madison Street where they located a taxi cab driver who was brutally attacked by an unknown male, authorities said.

It was determined that the taxi driver transported this unknown male from the area of 55 East Blackwell Street in Dover between 8:50 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. to the area of Madison Street and Pine Street at around 9:22 p.m., authorities said.

According to a GoFundMe page created by the cab driver’s daughter, Alvamer Vasquez, he picked up a passenger at a local restaurant in Dover. This person did not call for a ride and he was just a random man on the street.

“When they reached the destination, the passenger beat my father with a metal object and he passed out. The passenger robbed and left him for dead on the side of the street. When my father finally came to after thirty minutes, he called for help,” Vasquez wrote.

“He has physical disabilities and couldn’t possibly defend himself. He is a very kind Christian man and did not deserve this injustice,” Vasquez wrote.

The GoFundMe has set a goal of $50,000 to help defray his medical expenses. As of Friday morning, it has raised nearly $26,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact The Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at, 973-COP-CALL or use the free “P3 Tips” app on any mobile device.

No one will ask your name and you could receive a reward up to $1,000.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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