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A New York City taxi driver arrested for raping a woman in his cab fell for a DNA trick often seen on TV crime shows, police sources say. The alleged taxi driver rapist is also under investigation for a second assault, the New York Daily News reports.
Police posed as taxi inspectors and asked to meet with cabbie Gurmeet Singh, 40, about a work-related issue, sources tell the Daily News. The cops were really investigating an alleged taxicab rape in September, when a witness jotted down a partial medallion number that led police to Singh.
The officers offered Singh a glass of water at the meeting, and Singh drank from it. As is often seen on TV, the undercover cops "kept the cup and got his DNA" from saliva residue, a source tells the Daily News.
Gurmeet Singh's DNA matched evidence from an assault -- but not the alleged taxicab rape in September. Instead, Singh was arrested for a separate alleged taxicab rape, reported in May.
In the May attack, a 26-year-old woman said a taxi driver raped her at gunpoint after she'd passed out in the back seat. The cabbie allegedly tied the woman's hands, raped her, and stole $20 and a cell phone, police told the Daily News.
Singh, a married father of two, faces charges of rape and robbery in connection with the May assault.
Singh denies the charges. "I do not know how my DNA got in her vagina," Singh told police, according to the New York Post.
Police continue to investigate Gurmeet Singh in connection with the September taxicab rape. The accused taxi driver rapist is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to the Post.