Cops looking for man who’s been robbing cabbies in Manhattan

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.

 

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7 thoughts on “Cops looking for man who’s been robbing cabbies in Manhattan

    • Steve, it could be that the victim of the hockey sticks attack has requested that there be no publicity about it. Sometimes, people who are the victims of brutal attacks are so traumatized that they don’t want their identity revealed and their privacy invaded. Just a thought.

      • And the T&V could easily put that, and I am fine with that. It is what most newspapers do, and I have seen the T&V do that with past stories where the victim didn’t want publicity. The fact they don’t even say that tells me it’s a squash job by management, the TA, and the T&V.

        I will continue until we get something.

        • Steve, first we’d have to find out who the victim is though we don’t usually get that info or disclose that when we do. We are trying to learn more. When suspects are minors their identities are not shared with us by the NYPD, which means we don’t know when their court dates are or even if they’re going to criminal court or through some other system.

        • While I’m not a big fan of the TA, why would they have a hand or any motivation in squashing this story? I think it’s wrong that they didn’t make much noise about it but I’m not getting the part about complicity. Could you please explain?

        • The TA is at fault for letting management get away from this with no repercussions. I could care less about the attack specifics, but just the fact that an attack happened and they put absolutely no pressure on management to step up their game with security. After the last attack we had Susan Streinberg hit the T&V and Facebook demanding a security presence increase. Although it never happened, it at least made people aware of the incident and made management respond with those silly self-defense classes.

          The fact that the TA said nothing speaks volumes in my eyes, because it is their duty to the tenants to do so. Again, they didn’t have to go into details, but by saying nothing it tells me a lot about where they stand, and it doesn’t appear to be with the tenants.

  1. Thank you T&V for at least giving us something! I completely understand the whole non-disclosure of information when minors are involved as suspects, and I respect that.

    I think I can speak for myself and others when I say that all we want is an update from management with regard to what they are doing to prevent these seemingly more common incidents from happening going forward. We don’t even care about the details of this attack per se, it’s just that the silence from all parties tells the tenants that the people who should care, don’t.

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