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Taxi terror: Pair violently robs cab driver whom they threatened to shoot

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Two creeps attacked and threatened to shoot a taxi driver before robbing the guy after he picked them up early on Friday morning in Fort Greene, police said.

The suspects hailed the cab near Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street around 2:10 am, with one climbing in the front passenger seat and the other in a back seat, cops said.

The fiends then told the victim to “drive straight” on Lafayette Avenue towards Clinton Hill, before the baddie in the front seat socked the driver in the face near Waverly Avenue, where he stopped the car, officials said.

The punk in the back seat then hopped out of the cab and approached the driver’s side window with his hand in his pants’ waistband as if fingering a gun, and the jerk up front punched the victim for a second time, demanding cash and threatening to shoot him, according to authorities, who said neither suspect displayed an actual firearm during the incident.

The thief in the front seat then swiped $360 from inside the car, along with the driver’s cellphone and wallet, before both suspects fled on foot on Waverly Avenue towards Atlantic Avenue, police said.

Cops described both suspects as between 20- and 25-years-old.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Reach Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno at arotunno@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303.
Updated 12:09 pm, July 24, 2018
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