By Sabina Mollot
On Thursday, police arrested a homeless man, Bryant White, 50, and charged him with robbing multiple cab drivers in Flatiron, Greenwich Village and midtown.
Police found him at East 15th Street and Union Square East where an officer stopped him for a bike infraction. The cop then saw that Grant fit the description of the robber who’s been terrorizing cab drivers by riding his bike up to their doors and stealing cash through the window right out of their shirt pockets. In one incident, the robber also punched a victim.
In all seven known robberies, which took place from June 28 to July 31, a total of $710 was stolen.
Meanwhile, White is no stranger to the NYPD; police said he has 32 prior arrests, ranging from minor crimes like petty larceny to a gunpoint robbery in 2007.
More recently, he was arrested in July for petty larceny at Central Park South, criminal intent to damage property in May and in January for possession of burglar’s tools, petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
Police said Grant had been staying at a shelter in Brooklyn.
Update August 15: Police said the infraction White was stopped for was riding through four red lights between 16th and 20th Streets.