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Two arrested after JFK Airport brawl

Port Authority alleges one had knife

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am

Two Queens men were arrested after a brawl broke out between three cab drivers outside in a JFK Airport terminal Monday afternoon.

Port Authority police say the two suspects, both livery cab drivers, were engaged in a fight with the victim, whose name has not been released, in front of Terminal 8 at around 4:30 p.m., when officers approached to break it up.

The victim told a Port Authority police officer that the suspects tried to stab him. Responding officers ordered the three men to stay put pending an investigation, but one of the accused perpetrators, Junior Rowe, 30, of Woodhaven, allegedly ran to his car, a Ford Taurus, and attempted to flee when officers instructed him to stop.

Port Authority police further allege the officers were nearly struck by Rowe’s car as he fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

Officers arrested Rowe a short time later after he got caught in traffic trying to exit the airport.

The second suspect, Wayne Walker, 41, of Springfield Gardens, allegedly chased and menaced the victim with a knife during the altercation.

A witness was able to describe the knife in detail and police allege it was found on the floor of Walker’s car and recovered.

Walker is facing charges of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, because he had been banned from JFK after being charged for taxi hustling — illegally picking up fares — in September 2013 and the ban had not yet been lifted.

Rowe is facing charges of attempted assault on a police officer, menacing, reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

The Port Authority said there were no injuries or delays to air travel due to the incident.

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