A manhunt has been launched for an alleged killer minicab passenger who reportedly stabbed a driver to death.
Private hire driver Gabriel Bringye, 37, was knifed in Tottenham Hale, north London, at 8pm on Wednesday, February 17.
Gabriel, originally from Romania, was found dead inside his car after a passenger booked a fare through taxi-hailing app, Bolt.
Heartbroken family and friends say nothing was stolen from the vehicle and believe he was the victim of a targeted attack or had argued with a passenger, MyLondon reports.
Gabriel, who planned on marrying his fiancee Mara later this year, had been in the UK for 13 years and had worked as a cab driver in London since 2015.
His devastated sister launched a fundraiser to help return Gabriel’s body to Romania to be with his parents.
She wrote: “Please help us take Gabriel home, to be with his parents, in the country where he was born and he would have wanted to go back one day but not like that.”
While a Bolt spokesperson did not confirm if the driver worked for the company or not, they said they are aware of the incident.
Yaseem Aslam, President of App Drivers and Couriers Union, said: “My heart goes out to the family of Gabriel Bringye at this sad time.
“The assault and abuse of private hire drivers has become far too common place in London whilst Transport for London (TfL) and the Met Police have done far too little to address the problem.
“We are now calling for a complete organisational overhaul at TfL and the Met Police Cab Enforcement Unit so that driver safety and security is appropriately prioritised.”
No arrests have been made but a murder investigation has been launched.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called to Jarrow Road, Tottenham, at 7.21pm on Wednesday after concerns were raised about an injured man who was unresponsive inside a vehicle at the location.
“Officers attended with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance.
“The man, believed to be in his 30s, was found with an injury consistent with having been stabbed.
“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8pm. His next of kin has been informed.
“Homicide detectives from Specialist Crime have been informed and are leading the investigation. A post mortem will be carried out in due course.”