You are reading

Livery Cab Driver Charged for 1996 Rape of Queens Woman: DA

(iStock)

June 1, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A Manhattan livery car driver was charged in a decades-old cold case for allegedly raping a Queens woman who was a passenger in his car, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Danny Stewart, now 58, was indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court after DNA evidence tied him to the rape that took place nearly 25 years ago.

Stewart allegedly picked up a 23-year-old woman at 4 a.m. in Jamaica on Sept. 15, 1996, according to the charges. The woman had just completed back-to-back shifts at two local restaurants.

He allegedly refused to let her out of the livery car when it neared her home. Instead, he drove to a dark parking lot nearby and allegedly displayed what appeared to be a gun. He then allegedly choked and raped the woman, the charges state.

Stewart allowed the 23-year-old to leave the car after the alleged assault. The victim walked home and then went to the hospital, where staff performed a rape kit to collect evidence of the sexual assault.

However, at the time, no DNA databank existed. The databank was created in 2000, at which point the city was able to test every rape kit in its possession for DNA — including the victim’s.

No match was found until last year when Stewart — who lives on West 91st Street — was swabbed for DNA in New York. The New York State DNA databank matched his DNA to the victim’s rape kit and the NYPD and Queens District Attorney’s Office were alerted.

“The break in this 25-year-old cold case, the oldest sexual assault case ever prosecuted in Queens County, came from a DNA match that had been previously unattainable,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “Justice is not always immediate, but a victim’s suffering deserves closure.”

A Queens County grand jury indicted Stewart and he was arraigned on Thursday on a single count of rape in the first degree.

He is set to return to court on June 15, 2021. If convicted, Stewart faces 12-and-a-half to 25 years in prison.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

ridgewood

Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood and Transit District 33 are looking for a man who snatched a cell phone from a 15-year-old girl who was onboard a southbound L train last week.

The train had just pulled into the Haley Street subway station in Ridgewood just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, and when the doors opened, the suspect grabbed her iPhone 13 from her hands. The perpetrator fled the station and was last seen running southbound on Halsey Street. The teenager was not injured during the incident. An iPhone 13 is valued at $600 and upwards.

plays

Jun. 17, 2024 By Athena Dawson

Are you a fan of dramatic plays and tear-jerking comedies? Head to Travers Park this Wednesday for a free performance of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, hosted by the Mobile Unit of The Public Theatre.  Located at 78th St. and 34th Ave. in Jackson Heights, the Shakespeare in the Park series will grace Queens’ public stage on June 19th at 6 p.m. for a truly unforgettable performance. The 90-minute play will provide a bilingual English and Spanish adaptation for audience members to enjoy.