A Queens Village man faces up to 100 years in prison after being found guilty of eight counts of robbery conducted in a nine-day spree, prosecutors announced on Monday.
Dayson Fernandez, 23, was convicted of four counts of first-degree robbery and four counts of second-degree robbery after a two-week long jury trial.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Fernandez robbed four separate livery cab drivers within a nine-day span in July 2014.
On July 19, Fernandez got into a livery cab at 221st Street and 108th Avenue shortly after noon and displayed a firearm, telling the driver “Don’t move or I’ll shoot.” He then punched the victim in the head repeatedly, choked him with his seat belt and stole his wallet, which contained approximately $500 in cash.
On July 28, Fernandez robbed two different cab drivers within the span of an hour and got away with hundreds in cash.
“The jury has rendered a verdict, finding the defendant guilty of multiple counts of robbery,” said Brown. “If he’d chosen a different path, this young man could have been approaching college graduation or a myriad of other accomplishments, but instead he is now facing a long future behind bars for having preyed on hard-working livery drivers. He stole hundreds of dollars, mobile phones and some jewelry. Someone could have easily been killed or injured during the commission of these crimes.”
Fernandez will face sentencing on Oct. 18.
The investigation was conducted by detectives assigned to the 105th Precinct and the NYPD Anti-Crime Unit.