40 NYC ride-share drivers robbed, NYPD search for 2 suspects

Kimberly Dole
August 29, 2019 - 10:01 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  Police are searching for two male suspects who they robbed at least 40 ride-share drivers in New York City. 

Officials say that at approximately 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24th on the corner of Bronxwood Ave and East 231st Street, the two suspects entered the Lyft vehicle of a 61-year-old driver and requested his cell in order to change their destination.

The suspects then displayed a knife placing the driver in fear authorites say.

The suspects proceeded to transfer $646 from the victim’s account to an unidentified account and fled in unknown direction police say.

The driver was not injured as a result of this incident.

Police say that between the dates of April 3, and June 3, 2019, the suspects requested taxis through different ride-share services 40 times in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

Once they gain entry into the taxis, the suspects proceed to state to the drivers that they wished to change destinations but that their phones were not working.

They then request to use the taxi drivers' phones in order to input the new destinations and conduct unauthorized funds transfers out of the drivers' accounts to unknown accounts while in possession of the drivers' phones.

 In several incidents the individuals removed the drivers' phones by threat of force.

The suspects are also wanted in an ongoing investigation that occurred around the city, including an incident on August 10th, where at approximately 10:00 p..m., near 6th Street and Ave B, the suspects transferred $356 from the 25-year-old Lyft driver's phone to another account.

Police urge anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspects to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.

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