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Three passengers beat, rob for-hire driver near LeFrak City: NYPD

Aug. 21, 2023 By Bill Parry

A for-hire driver was beaten and robbed by three passengers alongside the Long Island Expressway near LeFrak City earlier this month, according to the NYPD.

Police say the 22-year-old victim began arguing with the two of his female passengers at around 5:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, when he pulled over in front of 99-49 Horace Harding Expressway in Corona. The dispute escalated into violence as the women punched and kicked the driver multiple times. The third passenger, an unknown man, joined in the beating and all three, acting in concert, removed the victim’s car keys and attempted to take his vehicle but they were unsuccessful, according to authorities.

The crooks proceeded to damage the vehicle’s window and dashcam and snatched the victim’s wallet before running off on foot westbound along the Horace Harding Expressway toward LeFrak City.

The NYPD released surveillance photos of the suspects on Aug. 19.

One of the assailants is a woman with a dark complexion who is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build and long braids. She was last seen wearing a gray romper.

The second woman has a light complexion and a slim build and is around 5 feet 6 inches tall. She has numerous tattoos on her arms, legs and sternum and she is missing a front tooth. She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The man is described as having a dark complexion and is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and a slim build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a clenched fist on the chest and dark-colored pants.

A reward of up to $3,500 is being offered for information that leads to their arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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