Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Second Man Charged in 2014 Cabbie Stabbing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Second Man Charged in 2014 Cabbie Stabbing

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Byline: Dana Treen

The attackers who plunged a knife into the neck of cabbie Marcel Jean Gilles last year took his livelihood and filled his nights with pain and nightmares, but didn't poison his mind.

"I don't hate them," the 72-year-old said. "I don't hate people. But I hate what they did."

Monday police charged a second man in the early morning stabbing and robbery near Martin Luther King Expressway and Grunthal Street.

Another man previously was sent to prison for life for attempted murder in the June 2014 attack and also sentenced to two 40-year terms on kidnapping and armed-robbery convictions. The jury deliberated 37 minutes before making its decision in the one-day trial in mid-July.

This week police told Gilles they arrested William Boyd Mungin Jr., 47, on a charge of armed robbery.

"We have the second guy in custody,' " Gilles recalled the detective telling him over the phone. "I always thought they were going to find that guy."

Gilles said he thinks about the attack every day and wondered about the second assailant. "His mind could not be at peace for what happened that day," he said.

That early summer night, Gilles was outside his cab at the downtown Hyatt hotel about 1:30 a.m. when two men walked from a nearby parking lot and asked for a ride. One got in the front, the other the back.

One was Kenneth Karleston Newsome, now 56, who has been in and out of prison for more than half of the past 30 years on robbery convictions in Duval and Nassau counties.

He turned himself in Nov. 22, according to his arrest report.

Gilles, a grandfather and immigrant from Haiti who had moved to Jacksonville from Fort Lauderdale, said the two men didn't look suspicious. "They didn't look like the kind of people who could do something like that," he said.

He drove the men north and had to turn around when he missed their street. At that point, the man in the front seat grabbed both his hands. The second stabbed him in the neck, he said. …

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