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Suspected Robber Nabbed After Getting In Victim’s Cab For Second Time

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the robbery of a cab driver after they say he got back into the victim’s cab later in the same night and demanded a ride.

According to authorities, the suspect, 31-year-old Anthony Tshombe, entered a Taxi Latino cab on Jackson Street in Rockville Centre on Thursday and asked the cab driver to take him to Terrace Avenue.

As the cab approached Margaret Court, police said Tshombe placed a hard object, believed to be the barrel of a gun, against the back of the victim’s head and demanded money. Tshombe then fled with an unknown amount of cash and the victim’s cellphone, according to police.

The initial incident was not reported to police.

Later in the evening the victim was on South Franklin Street picking up a passenger when Tshombe, again, got in the cab and told the driver he could get his cellphone back if he drove to Terrace Avenue, police said.

The cab driver used his radio to ask the dispatcher for help in Spanish and drove to Foster Street where he was met by police officers who placed Tshombe under arrest without incident.

No weapon was recovered and there were no injuries reported.

Tshombe was charged with first-degree robbery.

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