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Port Chester Taxi Driver Charged In Rape

Police: Woman attacked in cab while driver was "off duty."

A Port Chester taxi driver, who was already in jail for an unrelated incident, has been charged with raping a woman in the car he uses as a cab, according to Port Chester police.

Lt. James Ladeairous said the rape took place Monday between 1 and 5:30 a.m. in a secluded area off Boston Post Road. He said the adult female victim was attacked in the car that Wilson Manuel Morocho uses as a taxi in the Village of Port Chester.

Morocho, 30, of 375 Irving Ave., Port Chester, was not on-duty as a cab driver when the attack took place, Ladeairous said.

The rape investigation led Port Chester police to Morocho — and police knew exactly where to find him. Ladeairous said Morocho was being held in the Westchester County Jail on an unrelated incident, charged with violating a court-issued order of protection.

Ladeairous said the incident connected with the order of protection did not involved violence.

Moroch is charged with first-degree rape. He is scheduled to appear in Port Chester Village Court on June 21.

Jim Byrne June 01, 2012 at 01:33 PM
More good news!
AA11 June 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Maybe now we can regulate these taxi drivers more. I can't believe that the village allows the taxi companies to operate the way that they do. What is the background process that they go through? These drivers blow horns all hours of the day/night, stop in the middle of busy streets, drive reckless. Now it seems like they can drive any car they want and smack a "taxi" magnet on it and consider it a taxi.
lucky June 01, 2012 at 07:53 PM
It doesn't matter what car they use. That's stereotypical. They don't all have to look like city cabs. Not ALL taxi drivers are the same. If that's the case then what can we say about teachers who are sleeping with their students??
AA11 June 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I never said they're all the same. But if The Patch did a poll in regards to how residents feel about the quality of the taxi companies, I'd bet that most would all be in agreement with my comment above. Do you not think that they need a more thorough background check? I can't honestly believe that you think they drive in a proper manner.
MIKE HUNT June 02, 2012 at 12:48 PM
ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE BY THE OVERWORKED UNDERSTAFFED POLICE WHERE IS THE MAYOR NOW ? SEEMS LIKE HE IS MORE CONCERNED WITH A PASSED OUT DRUNK THAN A YOUNG LADY THAT WAS RAPED, WHY IS HE NOT OUTRAGED BY THIS????? SEEMS TO ME THIS SHOULD BE HIGHER ON HIS PRIORITY LIST, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER MAYOR!!!!!
Melissa June 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
This is comforting. I will never be taking a taxi that is driven by a male in Port Chester ever again.
breezy June 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM
This is very disturbing considering my father is a 21+ year taxi driver in the village of Port Chester. I am a 20 yr old female and feel like an incident of this magnitude should not simply be blown away to the dust. I also feel that we should not condemn all taxi drivers because of the ruthlessness and immorality of one man. I know that taxi drivers go through a lengthy background check but what if they do not show any incidents of prior violent behavior, drug use, etc.? We can not predict what actions they will take in the future. Now, in regards to this particular case, where this man had previous charges with violating a court-issued order of protection, I feel as "the village" should have better communication with these taxi companies and make them aware of the situation. Taxi drivers work for the public and for the most part these men and woman have families they need to support. Myself in particular, are very grateful for the the public and their use of this form of public transportation as it has help pay for my college tuition. As for the type of car they use, that is irrelevant. A car is a car and if it is registered as a "livery" automobile and is getting the job done, that is the least of our concerns.
juan November 06, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Innocent till proven guilty,dont crucify him quite yet.
John Anderson July 22, 2013 at 05:06 PM
This is due to the lack of enforcement of current laws. Violators should have vehicles impounded, violations brought up to date, $500-$1500 not this $250 cut down to $50 crap. I've been criticizing towns and villages for years about the enforcement of taxi laws. I believe in Port Chester you have to obtain a WCTLC driver's permit before obtaining a Village license. The WCTLC has been handing out driver's permits like candy on Halloween. I would really like to see an audit of the WCTLC operations, seems like a big failure to me.

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