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Taxi Driver Punches Passenger After Being Asked to Pull Over, Police Say

By Lisha Arino | February 23, 2015 10:19am
 Police said a cab driver punched a passenger after she asked him to pull over because her friend felt sick.
Police said a cab driver punched a passenger after she asked him to pull over because her friend felt sick.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — A taxi driver punched a passenger who asked him to pull over because her friend — who was also in the vehicle — felt sick, police said.

Police said the 24-year-old victim was riding in the yellow cab when her friend began to feel ill at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow streets at 10 p.m. on Feb. 17.

The driver told them they had to pay the fare and then punched the 24-year-old woman, according to the NYPD. The attack caused a slight redness in her right eye, police said, and left scratches on her neck. She refused medical attention, police said.

Police are looking for the the driver, who is described as a man with short gray hair.

Other recent crimes in the 7th Precinct include:

► Police arrested 33-year-old Cindy Burgos on Feb. 16 in front of 225 Henry St. after she punched a 59-year-old man at about 8:41 p.m., according to the NYPD.

“You killed my grandmother,” Burgos said to the man after approaching him on the sidewalk, police said. She then punched him multiple times, causing scratches, bruises and swelling on the right side of his face, police said.

Burgos was charged attempted assault, assault, obstruction of governmental administration, disorderly conduct and harassment, according to city records. 

It was not clear if the suspect knew the victim.

She received a desk appearance ticket and is set to appear in court in April, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Her attorney declined to comment.

► A 24-year-old woman lost her $600 gold iPhone 6 and $40 Coach wallet after dancing at Los Feliz, at 109 Ludlow St., at some point between 11:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day to 2:30 a.m. the next day, police said.

Her Puerto Rico driver’s license, credit and debit cards and New York State ID also went missing, according to the NYPD. Police said the items were in handbag she was carrying when they were taken without her permission.

General manager Stephen Ligambi said the wallet might not have been stolen and could have been dropped or misplaced by the woman. He said Los Feliz was working with the police to find out what happened.