Trial Date Set for Cabbie Accused of Rape


The cabbie accused of raping a Brooklyn women inside his green taxi  and telling cops that “she wanted it” appeared in Brooklyn Supreme Court Thursday, as he faced first degree rape charges that can send him to prison for 25 years.

The defendant, Esa Alusaimi, wearing a suit and tie, sat quietly alongside his lawyer and Arabic interpreter having made the $100,000 bail set in February 2015. Four police officers stood behind the defendant as Judge William M. Harrington made the decision to set his trial date for April 26th.

The incident occurred on Feb. 1, 2015, when a 33-year-old Carroll Gardens woman jumped in the back of Alusaimi’s taxi after leaving a friend’s house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. According to the victim, WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE A GRAND JURY,  the ride took an ugly detour when the driver began talking about his penis, and then pulled over at a deserted street,

Before she knew it the cabbie climbed in the back and forced her to perform oral sex before raping her. When it was over, he jumped in the front of the car and started driving. Instead of driving for a few blocks, according to the indictment, Alusaimi once again pulled over and told the victim to go buy him a pack of cigarettes at a nearby deli. When the she stepped out of the cab the driver bolted off leaving her in the middle of the street.

When he was confronted with the rape accusations, Alusiami said, “She wanted it,” according to police. He then went on to describe the sex acts he performed that night in detail.

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