EAST HARLEM — A 14-year-old fare beater and her friend attacked a taxi driver after he asked her to pay for her four mile ride, the NYPD said.
The girl hailed a cab at 155th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue on Jan 21. around 7:30 p.m. and took the cab to the Wagner Houses in East Harlem, at 2369 First Ave, police said.
When the cab arrived at the NYCHA complex, the teen told the driver she did not have any money but her friend would bring cash to pay for the ride, police said.
The teen then called her friend, who is also 14-years-old and lives in the complex, to bring the cab fare. But once the friend arrived the two tried to leave without paying, police said.
That’s when the cab driver grabbed the fare beater and asked her to pay the fare.
The two ganged up on the 32-year-old, driver, punching him in the face, police said.
The victim suffered a cut to his lip, police said.
The teens were arrested and charged with assault.