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Southern District of New York

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bronx Man Pleads Guilty In White Plains Federal Court In Connection With Fatal Carjackings Of Two Livery Cab Drivers

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that TAKIEM EWING, a/k/a “Mulla,” pled guilty to firearms offenses in connection with the fatal carjackings of two livery cab drivers: Maodo Kane, who was killed in the Bronx on August 5, 2014, and Aboubacar Bah, who was killed in the Bronx on August 12, 2014. EWING faces a mandatory minimum term of 35 years in prison and a maximum term of life in prison, and will be sentenced before United States District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti on July 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.


Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “On August 5, 2014, Maodo Kane, a livery cab driver, just trying to earn an honest living, was shot and killed during a carjacking in the Bronx. A week later, Aboubacar Bah, another innocent livery cab driver in the Bronx, was killed in another carjacking. Today, Takiem Ewing has admitted and pled guilty to his participation in these two senseless killings. I want to thank our partners at the FBI, the NYPD, and the City of Yonkers Police Department for their work in bringing Ewing to justice. And we hope that this conviction gives the victims’ friends and families a measure of justice.”


According to the Indictment and other documents filed in the case, as well as statements made during the plea proceedings:


On August 5, 2014, Ewing participated with others in the armed carjacking of Maodo Kane. During the course of the carjacking, one of the perpetrators discharged a gun and Kane was killed in the vicinity of Hunter Avenue, in the Bronx. Subsequently, on August 12, 2014, Ewing participated in the carjacking of Aboubacar Bah. Again, one of the perpetrators discharged a gun in the course of the carjacking, and Mr. Bah was killed in the vicinity of Bryant Avenue, in the Bronx.


Tyrone Felder, Kareem Martin, and Tommy Smalls have also been charged in connection with the carjackings and resulting deaths of Mr. Kane and Mr. Bah. Their trial is scheduled to begin before Judge Briccetti on February 19, 2018.


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Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), the City of Yonkers Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (“FBI”) Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force, which comprises agents and investigators from the FBI, the United States Probation Office, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the NYPD, the City of Yonkers Police Department, the City of Peekskill Police Department, and the Mount Vernon Police Department.


The case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Gerber and Scott Hartman are in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated April 5, 2017