You canâ€™t make up this stuff. William Bryan Jennings (fun parents with a little name play on William Jennings Bryan, who, ironically for this story and namesake, was known as “The Great Commoner”), a managing director at Morgan Stanley in the fixed income division, was placed on leave after a cab driver accused Mr. Jennings of stabbing him in the hand with a pen knife. There is also a certain irony found in the name of the Morgan Stanley spokesman who announced the leave: Pen Pendleton.
Mr. Jennings and the cabbie allegedly had a dispute over cab fare after the cabbie drove Mr. Jennings to his $2.4-million home in Darien, Connecticut. Mr. Jennings says that he feared for his life because the cabbie would not let him out of the cab until he agreed to pay $300 vs. the $204 that Mr. Jennings said they had pre-negotiated. Following the alleged stabbing, Mr. Jennings seized the moment, escaped from the cab, and then hoofed it the 1.5 miles to his home. The cabbie went to the hospital for stitches on the wound and notified the police. Mr. Jennings did not contact Darien police until two weeks after the December 22nd incident, citing privacy and safety concerns for his family. Merry Christmas!
Mr. Jennings has been charged with second-degree assault, sixth-degree larceny for not paying the fare, and intimidation by bias or bigotry (because the cabbie has alleged Mr. Jennings used racial slurs during the wild ride). Mr. Jennings is free on $9500 bail and is presumed to be avoiding cab rides. The cabbie is avoiding all investment bankers as fares.