Morgan Stanley’s Knife Wielding Psychopath?

Mar 4, 2012
J. Webster
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Everyone on Wall Street is talking about the piece by journalist Sherree DeCovny which says, “One out of every 10 Wall Street employees is likely a clinical psychopath. Whereas, one out of 100 people in the general population is a psychopath.”

Wall Street is the one industry where you’re rewarded for being cold, calculated and unemotional. It’s the one industry where you try to destroy the competition, put them out of business – and that’s how you get those big bonuses. And then lo and behold we have this story cross the wires, as if right on cue, a Morgan Stanley executive attacks a cab driver with a knife:

William Bryan Jennings, Morgan Stanley’s bond-underwriting chief in the U.S., was charged with a hate crime in the stabbing of a New York City cab driver of Middle Eastern descent over a fare.

Mohamed Ammar said the banker attacked him Dec. 22 with a 2½-inch blade and used racial slurs after a 40-mile ride from New York to the banker’s $3.4 million Darien, Connecticut home.

Jennings, who had attended a bank holiday party at a boutique hotel in Manhattan before hailing the cab, refused to pay the $204 fare upon arriving in his driveway, the driver said. When Ammar threatened to call the local police, Jennings said they wouldn’t do anything to help because he pays $10,000 in taxes, according to a report by the Darien police department.

Ammar, a native of Egypt, said he then backed out of the driveway to seek a police officer. The banker called him an expletive and said “I’m going to kill you. You should go back to your country,” according to the report, filed in state court in Stamford. A fight ensued as they drove through Darien, and Jennings, 45, allegedly cut Ammar, 44, police said.

The banker, who eventually fled the cab and turned himself in two weeks later after a vacation in Florida, was charged with second-degree assault, theft of services and intimidation by bias or bigotry. He faces as long as 5 years in prison on the assault charge. (Bloomberg)

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