THE BRONX — A passenger punched a livery driver after refusing to pay for a trip from Manhattan to Melrose Wednesday night, the NYPD said.
The 47-year-old driver tried to take a photo of the fare beater when they arrived at his destination, 710 Tinton Ave., but the suspect then spun around and slugged the cabbie in the face about 8 p.m., police said.
The driver was treated at Lincoln hospital and released, the NYPD said.
When they arrived at the passenger's destination, he said that his girlfriend would come down and pay so the driver locked the doors, police said.
When a woman came downstairs, the driver unlocked the car doors and the passenger got out of the backseat and started to walk away with the woman, telling her not to pay the driver, the NYPD said.
The driver got out of his car and tried to take a photo of the passenger, but the man spun around and punched the driver in the face before running away, police said.
Police released a photo taken from inside the cab of the suspect, who is described as 5 foot 6 inches and 160 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).