A driver pulled a 78-year-old girl out of a cab, left her on the road and hit a witness who tried to assist her in an incident caught on digicam, the New York Metropolis Police Division stated.
Officers responded to stories of an assault at round 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, in line with the division.
A preliminary investigation discovered that the girl had been within the backseat of an Entry-a-Trip cab when she bought right into a dispute over the situation the place she was meant to be dropped off, police stated. Entry-a-Trip is a transportation service for these with everlasting or long-term disabilities.
“The driving force pulled her out of the automobile by her leg and took her cellphone for a brief time period,” police stated. They stated the driving force then struck a 35-year-old man who was filming the incident and who tried to assist the aged girl, earlier than driving away from the scene.
In video of the incident shared on-line by Flatbush Shomrim Security Patrol, a neighborhood watch group, the driving force could be seen showing to tug the girl out of the automobile and onto the road earlier than shutting the door as she begins to strike him along with her cane.
“Guys, what is going on on?” the individual filming could be heard asking as they strategy.
“Name the police!” the girl shouts earlier than accusing the driving force of additionally taking her cellphone. The driving force then seems handy the cellphone over to the witness and stroll away.
“That is an previous girl,” the witness says as the driving force will get again into their automobile. “Are you able to not do this? Are you able to not cease and run away?”
“You’re going to must run over,” he continues earlier than he’s lower off midsentence and hit by the driving force, who took off from the scene.
“He took my cash, he took my cellphone!” the girl cries because the witness goes to assist her up.
Police stated each the girl and man had been taken to a hospital.
In a tweet Wednesday, the New York Metropolis Taxi and Limousine Fee stated it was “on the scene” of the incident. The fee didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from NBC Information.
Within the tweet sharing the video, Flatbush Shomrim Security Patrol known as the incident “disturbing” as they implored anybody with data to contact authorities.
Police stated an investigation into the incident was ongoing and that no arrests had been made as of Friday morning.