Abbas Lytle Charged In One Of A String Of Recent Incidents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was arrested and charged Saturday in connection with one in a string of livery cab robberies in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

Abbas Lytle, 32, of Harlem, was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a robbery on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 3:45 a.m.

The suspect entered a cab near West Fordham Road and Loring Place. When the cab arrived at the suspect’s requested location he brandished a firearm and removed the victim’s cell phone, car keys, and $125.

Police last Tuesday asked the public to help them find the suspect in that and five other robberies.

On Tuesday, November 19, at 3 a.m. a 47-year-old man picked the suspect up at West 131 Street and 7th Ave. The armed suspect demanded a ride to West 141 Street and Chisum Place. En route to his destination, the suspect demanded money from the victim.

Two incidents were reported on Sunday, November 24. In both incidents the suspect entered cabs on West 142nd Street and removed cash, a cell phone, and keys from the driver.

The most recent incident occurred on Tuesday, November 26. The suspect entered a cab near 132nd Street and 5th Ave and proceeded to relieve the driver of $120 and his car keys.

Lytle had not been charged in the other robberies as of early Saturday afternoon.

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