A Rahway, New Jersey taxi driver from Edison, NJ was murdered on Tuesday night while trying to fight off an attempted robber. Imad Alasmar, 57, was found by police hunched over the wheel of his cab just before 11PM. Alasmar lost control of his cab and crashed into a parked car on Bedford Street.
Alasmar, originally from Jordan and a father of ten, attempted to fight off his attacker but was shot in the head just before he lost control of his cab according to a report from CBS New York. Alasmar had less than one hundred dollars on him. A man and a woman were in the parked car he crashed into and both received injuries from the accident.
Alasmar had been working for the Station cab company for nearly four years and his supervisor said that he had been working as many as seven days a week to support his family. Station has been in business since 1926 and this is the first time in its history that a driver has been killed while on duty.
The suspect took off on foot after shooting Alasmar. According to Station supervisor Jim May, the thief fled the scene with no money as Alasmar refused to be robbed and fought back bravely. The police have no leads and there is a $10,000 reward being offered for any information that will lead to the suspect’s capture and indictment.
An unidentified co-worker of Alasmar described him as a hard working and dedicated family man who was just doing his job and trying to make a living. The co-worker also commented that “there’s animals out there… you’re going to shoot a man with a family? It’s disgusting.”
Police and Union County officials say that anyone with any information in this case can contact Homicide Task Force Detective Janet Lopez at 908.347.8491.