By Sabina Mollot
Cops are looking for a man who’s spent his summer robbing cab drivers in Flatiron, Greenwich Village and midtown Manhattan.
The man apparently rides up to the taxis on his bike and snatches cash from the drivers’ shirt pockets after reaching through their windows. In one recent incident, the mugger also punched a 46-year-old cabbie before snatching $200 from him. This was on Thursday, July 27 at Waverly Place and Christopher Street, where police found a stolen bike he left behind.
A few days later, on Monday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m., police said the man swiped $70 from a 66-year-old cabbie at East 21st Street and Park Avenue South. He then fled on his bike.
Details on the first five known robberies are as follows:
On Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m., the suspect snatched $105 from a 58-year-old cabbie at 5th Avenue and East 60th Street.
On Saturday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m., he took $20 from a 55-year-old cabbie who was stopped at 47th street and 6th Avenue.
On Thursday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m. he grabbed $137 from a 54-year-old driver outside 732 Madison Avenue.
On Tuesday, July 25 at 3:20 p.m., he stole $78 from a 49-year-old driver at Park Avenue South and East 18th Street.
On Thursday, July 27 at 4:20 p.m., he swiped $100 from a 43-year-old driver who was stopped at 58th street and 5th Avenue. The suspect then, as always, promptly took off on his bike, this time headed east.
The suspect is described as black, 5’10” to 6’0″ tall and 200 lbs.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.