Paterson NJ police are searching for two men accused of robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint.
The armed robbery occurred around 2:00 p.m. According to law enforcement, the 37-year-old taxi driver picked up the two passengers at Markey Street and Main Street and headed toward Park Avenue and 22nd East Street in Paterson, New Jersey.
When the cab pulled up to the destination, one of the suspects allegedly pointed a gun at the taxi driver’s head and ordered him to hand over all of his cash.
After the victim gave the suspects an unspecified amount of money, they reportedly exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. The suspects were last seen heading in the direction of Broadway Street.
If the suspects are eventually identified and arrested, they would likely face serious criminal charges for armed robbery. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon such as a handgun or a knife can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, read the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Paterson Taxi Driver Robbed at Gunpoint by Two Passengers, Police Say.”