NEW YORK (WABC) -- A suspect is under arrest for allegedly attacking a man with a tire iron at baggage claim at JFK Airport.
Drivers tell Eyewitness News the tension is real. Honest, licensed livery drivers are at-odds with the unlicensed hustlers cutting-into their business.
"They're taking the business, starting trouble here," a driver said.
At times, it boils over. Police say one hustler attacked a livery driver with a tire iron after a dispute in Terminal 5.
Police say Nathaniel Santana, 26, went on the attack inside terminal 5 by the baggage carousel and then ran off.
He was caught a short time later along North Conduit Boulevard by Port Authority police.
Santana is charged with assault and menacing, and is an ex-con with several prior arrests.
"It is incredibly important for arriving passengers to understand that if they did not pre-arrange a ride, the only legal and safe method of transportation is a yellow taxi," the Taxi and Limousine Commission said in a statement.
Eyewitness News saw very little security at Terminal 5 baggage claim Tuesday evening. Drivers say the TLC needs to do more.
The victim, himself a licensed livery driver, survived the attack. He has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Suspect arrested for allegedly attacking man with tire iron at JFK Airport baggage claim
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