Armed crooks hop into a cab, ride through Ridgewood and then rob the driver: cops

Cops are looking for two men who robbed a cab driver on this block of Hancock Street in Ridgewood on Sept. 15.
Photo via Google Maps/Insets courtesy of NYPD

The 104th Precinct has released wanted fliers for two men who robbed a cab driver at gunpoint in Ridgewood last week.

According to police, the trouble began at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 15 when the two suspects — described as black or Hispanic males — entered the driver’s cab at the corner of Gates Avenue and Fresh Pond Road. They directed the cabbie to take them to a location on Hancock Street near Cypress Avenue.

Upon arriving at the location, authorities said, one of the perpetrators pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and racked the slide, while the other pressed a knife against the victim’s back.

Law enforcement sources noted that the two bandits removed from the driver $200 in cash, two smartphones (a red iPhone 7+ and a Samsung Galaxy tab 4) and a black iPad mini. The crooks then exited the cab and were last seen fleeing eastbound on Hancock Street.

During an investigation, police learned that the stolen iPhone and iPad were sold at a store on Myrtle Avenue in neighboring Bushwick.

On Sept. 18, the 104th Precinct posted two wanted posters on its Twitter account featuring images of the suspects involved in the caper.

The 104th Precinct Detective Squad is conducting the investigation, with Detective Mark Bublin assigned to the case.

Anyone with information regarding the bandits’ whereabouts is urged to call Detective Bublin at 718-386-2723 or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. All calls are kept confidential.


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