Taxi Driver Threatened and Chased in Williamsburg, Police Say

By Nikhita Venugopal on April 16, 2014 8:54am 

 A taxi driver was threatened and chased by a man with a black handgun on April 12, police said.
A taxi driver was threatened and chased by a man with a black handgun on April 12, police said.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A man threatened a taxi driver with a handgun in Williamsburg and demanded “everything” he had last weekend, according to police.

The 29-year-old cab driver picked up the man at N. 12th Street and Driggs Avenue on April 12 about 4 a.m. The passenger asked to be taken to Myrtle Avenue and Broadway, police said.

Soon after, the man pulled out a black handgun and touched the barrel to the victim’s neck. The driver said he turned back and saw the firearm, according to police. 

The victim managed to escape the car and fled down N. 9th Street towards Roebling Avenue but the man chased him, police said.

The victim managed to get away without any injuries after asking a bystander to call 911.

Police said cash and a jacket were stolen.

Other notable crimes in the 94th Precinct, according to police:

► A woman was attacked and robbed of her phone after a man hit her on the back of the head on April 12 around 5:30 p.m. The victim was walking on the sidewalk near Skillman Avenue and Woodpoint Road when she was struck by the thief who nabbed her $649 phone and fled on a bicycle down Humboldt Street.

► On the same day, a man on a black bicycle grabbed an iPhone from a 27-year-old woman who was walking on Skillman Avenue near Lorimer Street, just a few blocks from the previous incident, about 9:20 p.m. The woman was looking down at her phone when it was snatched from her left hand.

It is unclear whether the two incidents are related.

► A Hyundai Santa Fe was stolen on April 13 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on N. 7th Street between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg.

► A 36-year-old man’s motorbike was stolen on April 13 between 2 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. at Manhattan Avenue near Dupont Street. The victim had chained the 2008 Yamaha motorbike to a signpost but wasn’t clear on whether he had locked it or not, he told police. The chain was not damaged, according to police.

► About $3,200 worth of tires, rims, tire-caps and sensors was stolen from a 34-year-old woman’s Honda Fit on April 7 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. the next morning. The vehicle, parked on Herbert near North Henry street, was left standing on a brick and a jack.

► A woman’s Coach bag, as well as a wallet, cash and credit cards, were taken from her car on April 12 after thieves pried open the sunroof. The victim returned to the parked car on Berry between N. 4th and 5th Streets around 4 a.m. and saw that her purse was missing. She also discovered a cellphone in the car, which could belong to the thieves, according to the police report.

► A 32-inch black flat-screen television was stolen from a Humboldt Street building’s lobby on April 7 about 4 a.m. Two men entered the building and carried the television out, police said.

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