Bike-riding brute sought for slugging and robbing cab driver in Chelsea

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The suspect who sucker-punched a yellow cab driver and robbed him in Chelsea on Jan. 18, 2021.
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Detectives are looking for a bicyclist who brutally beat up and robbed a cab driver in Chelsea last month.

The NYPD released on Feb. 10 video footage of the suspect sought for the Jan. 18 attack, which occurred at about 7:16 a.m. at the corner of 8th Avenue and West 15th Street.

Cops said the 60-year-old male driver had stopped his yellow cab at the location, with his driver’s side window open, when the suspect rode up to him and punched him in the face. 

The cab driver promptly exited from the cab, and the bicyclist punched him in the face again, police said. The suspect then reached inside and grabbed a wad of cash, about $155, which had been contained inside a cup-holder.

Law enforcement sources said the crook then pedaled away in an unknown direction.

The incident was reported to the 10th Precinct. EMS units brought the injured cab driver to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured eye socket.

The video footage that the NYPD released Thursday shows the suspect riding around near the corner of 11th Avenue and West 43rd Street soon after the incident, engaging individuals in conversation.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the suspect’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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