EAST HARLEM — A man attacked a taxi driver with a belt and stole his car before crashing into another vehicle, abandoning the cab and swiping the cabbie's wallet, police said.
The 54-year-old taxi driver told police the suspect began swinging a belt at him while he was sitting inside the cab on East 125th Street and Park Avenue on March 29 around 10:15 p.m., the NYPD said.
After the driver fled the cab, the suspect swooped in and stole the vehicle, driving westbound on East 125th Street toward Madison Avenue, where he struck a car with a driver still inside, police said.
The suspect then abandoned the cab in front of 26 E. 127th St. and took the cabbie's wallet from the taxi's passenger seat, police said.
The value of the car was listed as $20,000, police said.
Police are investigating, and an arrest had not been made as of Tuesday.