HEMPSTEAD - A cab driver who says he drove the woman accused of dismembering a Brooklyn woman on the day of her murder has reached out to police.
New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo says an employee claims he helped the alleged killer lift a very heavy bag of luggage into his cab on the day of Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne’s death. Mateo did not release the driver’s identity to protect his employee.
Browne’s remains were found just days apart in Bay Shore and Hempstead earlier this month.
The alleged killer, Leah Cuevas, of Brooklyn, was arrested late Sunday night.
Mateo spoke to the media Friday, saying his employee has known the suspect for over a year and has transported her to work.
He says the cab driver recognized Cuevas in the news Thursday and quickly notified his bosses, who then reached out to authorities in Suffolk County.
"She had to pick up a hand truck in order to drag the suitcase on wheels because it was very heavy,” Mateo said of the cab drivers claims. “He helped her lift the bag and put it in the trunk. He took her to Brentwood where he helped her unload the bag, put it on the hand truck and he saw she left it behind a home."
The spokesperson says the cab driver dropped Cuevas off at a train station without the bag. He says the cabbie did not complain of any unusual odors.
Mateo says the cab driver is now being interviewed by police.
Cuevas is being held without bail and is charged with second-degree murder.