ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (WPIX)—Two men have been arrested and three suspects remain at large following the robbery, assault and carjacking of a cab driver on Long Island Wednesday night, PIX News has learned.
The incident occurred when the 30-year-old driver was dispatched to Davis Street in Roosevelt where he picked up two men around 10 p.m. The men then directed the driver to take them to a residence on Manhattan Ave in Roosevelt when they inexplicably launched an attack on the victim.
One of the three men, identified as 28-year-old Alexander King of Wilson Place, whipped out a 3-inch knife and stabbed the driver several times in his left arm, police said. Then King, 26-year-old Brian Coston and another unidentified man pulled the driver from the cab, police said.
King and Coston apparently hopped into the car and then drove away in the taxi as the three other suspects fled the scene.
The victim was able to flag down a Freeport police officer who pursued the stolen vehicle and tried to pull it over. However, the taxi, carrying King and Coston, kept going until it slammed into a utility pole at the corner of Mirin Ave and Willet Place in Roosevelt.
The men then jumped out of the vehicle but police were able to track them down. King and Coston are each facing charges of two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of conspiracy. King is also charged with grand larceny, possession of a dangerous weapon and unlicensed driving.
The victim - who was rushed to Nassau University Medical Center - was treated and released.