A Stamford taxi driver was fatally stabbed Wednesday. Police say landscapers discovered the man’s body on the lawn of 150 Doolittle Road at around 8:30 Wednesday morning.
“It was apparent that there was a very brutal struggle and our taxi cab driver had been stabbed brutally numerous times,” says Captain Richard Conklin
Police say 47-year-old Mahomed Kamal told his wife he was picking up his last fare a little after 3 a.m. That was the last she heard from him.
“When she woke up at 7 a.m. and he wasn’t in the home, she became concerned and called here and then filed a missing person report on him,” Conklin says.
Kamal’s cab was found nearby the vacant home, in the woods.
“It had driven and crashed into a stone wall in a wooded area and only the rear portion of it was sticking out.”
Police later identified 29-year-old Shota Mekoshvilli as a suspect. Mekoshvilli was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit ensued downtown Wednesday night.
“It was very apparent to see that he was in a very brutal struggle,” says Conklin. “He had wounds about his face, his hands, his head, so our cab driver fought a valiant effort to survive.”
Police are still investigating the motive and haven’t recovered a murder weapon.
“We think he brought him up there for the purpose of robbing him and it looks like he stopped the cab in front of this vacant home that’s for sale and probably said ‘that’s my home’ and when he stopped, I think the robbery ensued at that point,” says Conklin.
We spoke with a friend of the victim off-camera, who said he’s heartbroken by the news, describing Kamal as a hardworking, family man. Stamford Police were still searching the woods Thursday afternoon for further evidence. They say the suspect will be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court Friday.