This thief drove straight into trouble.
The 53-year-old Uber driver was picking up a fare at the corner of Farrington Street near the Whitestone Expressway in Flushing when a man approached his Honda Pilot around 5:40 a.m. on Sunday.
The carjacker simulated a firearm, forcing the driver out of the car and punching him in the stomach before driving off with $130 in cash, three cellphones and the driver’s wallet. The Uber driver was not seriously injured.
Investigators quickly connected the carjacked vehicle with the car found only one hour later in the Rosedale pond near the corner of 147th Avenue and Brookville Boulevard.
The vehicle was empty when investigators found it, and divers were sent to check for bodies in the pond. No arrests have been made and the carjacker is allegedly still on the loose.