THE BRONX — A taxi driver who drove a man from the Lower East Side to The Bronx Saturday night was slashed with a boxcutter and beaten by his angry passenger, who also smashed his window and slashed his tires, police said.
The 35-year-old driver, whose identity was not released, picked up the man near Delancey and Ludlow streets about 2 a.m. and drove him to 1964 Grand Concourse in Mount Hope, according to the NYPD.
But once there, his passenger, a dark-haired man wearing a Corona Extra sweatshirt who is still on the lam, started arguing with the driver and demanded to be dropped off elsewhere, police said.
The driver asked to be paid first before driving to the next location, sending the passenger into a rage, police said. The passenger threw cash at the driver and then punched him before getting out of the taxi, police said.
The man then bashed in the cab's passenger's side window and walked around to the driver's side, where he punched the cabbie in the face, according to the NYPD.
The passenger then drew a box cutter and slashed the driver on the left wrist and left shoulder, before reaching in to retrieve his fare, slashing the taxi's tires and fleeing east on East 179th Street, police said.
The cab driver was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital and released, the NYPD said.
Police described the suspect as about 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue Corona Extra hoodie and appeared to be in his 20s, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).