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BROOKLYN – A Brooklyn auto service lost its license to operate after sending a driver on Monday accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in his vehicle.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) announced Thursday that it has decided to suspend and revoke Evelyn Car Service’s license.
The company is responsible for sending Rafael Martinez on Monday’s trip to drive the girl he was later accused of assaulting.
The TLC initially said Wednesday night that Martinez was unlicensed and illegally operating the livery cabin.
“TLC licensed bases are required to check the TLC license database daily to ensure that the drivers they send are licensed and in good standing,” TLC said, explaining its decision to revoke the automobile service license.
TLC Commissioner and President Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk also expressed her condolences.
“We are deeply disturbed and saddened by the savage attack on an innocent child earlier this week and our hearts and prayers are with the child and his family,” she said.
Earlier this week, the CEO of Evelyn Car Service told PIX11 that she helped the cops find Martinez after the alleged rape.
“I gave them all the information they wanted and I gave them the guy,” she said.
The general manager said his license had been verified and there was no way they could have known he had committed such a heinous crime.
“He worked here for a year,” she said. “I have never, ever, ever received complaints from customers. “
The taxi dispatch center had operated in the community for 27 years. They started receiving death threats this week because of the incident.
Authorities said the girl was placed in the taxi by her parents in Fort Greene around 5 p.m. Monday to be driven to a relative’s home in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
During this trip, the driver parked the car, entered the back of the vehicle with the young girl and raped her, police said.
Martinez faces charges of rape, criminal intercourse, sexual abuse, endangering the well-being of a child, threat and assault.
Anthony DiLorenzo and Corey Crockett contributed to it.
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