Passengers Chase, Beat and Rob Livery Driver, NYPD Says
THE BRONX — Three men who had tried to squeeze into the back seat of a livery cab along with a woman beat and robbed the driver when he said he wouldn't fit, police said.
The four, photos of which were released by police, got into the back of the livery cab outside 1730 Andrews Ave., near West Tremont Avenue in Morris Heights, about midnight on April 18.
The driver, whose name was not released, said only three were allowed to sit in the back seat which angered one of the men who then moved to the passenger's seat in front, the NYPD said.
That man, who wore a black Yankees cap, continued to be beligerent so the driver asked him to leave, prompting the passenger to punch the driver in the face, police said.
The driver got out of his car and tried to run, but the man in the Yankees cap and the two other men he was with chased the driver down and started hitting and kicking him, the NYPD said.
The woman, who can also be seen in photos released by police, did not participate in the attack, police said.
The quartet eventually ran away, but when the driver returned to his car he realized that $80 he had stashed in the car had been swiped, the NYPD said.
He refused medical attention at the scene, a police spokesman said.
The first suspect, who was wearing the Yankees cap, also wore a hoodie, a lightly colored jacket with black pants, and is believed to be about 25 and 5-foot-6, police said.
Another suspect, also about 25 years old, also wore a camouflage hoodie with black pants, the NYPD said.
The other assailant wore a black hoodie with black pants, police said.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).