Cops Looking for 5 Women who Beat Ride Share Drivers
By Dan Gesslein
June 1, 2023
MANHATTAN - SUVs and pot gummies are on the menu for an all-female robbery crew who beat ride share drivers and store clerks to get what they want, cops said. Police released the photos of the 5 suspects who are accused of stealing at least 1 SUV.
Investigators said the same crew ran a two-day, two-borough crime spree to steal everything from edibles and headphones, to a car.
According to cops, the robberies started at around 2 am on May 21 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. A 44-year-old for hire driver had parked his 2017 Toyota Rav 4 in front of 374 Ralph Avenue. Four women piled into the SUV and began punching the driver about the head and body.
The women kept attacking while demanding his keys. The driver got out of the truck but the attackers got out and continued to pummel him. They yanked the keys out his hands, jumped back in the SUV and drove off in the stolen truck.
Almost three hours later, the crew struck again, this time in Manhattan. A ride-share driver was sitting in his 2015 Toyota sedan in front of 401 East 88th Street. While the driver waited for his fare, two members of the crew jumped into the car and began punching the driver about the face and body, cops said.
As the driver tried to fight off the attackers, one of the robbers took his wallet which was in the console. The women then ran out of the sedan and jumped into the waiting SUV which had been stolen in Brooklyn, cops said.
The crew struck again the following night at a smoke shop in Bushwick. Cops said all five women entered the smoke shop on Myrtle Avenue and got themselves caught on the store’s surveillance cameras. Once inside, one of the crew took a bag of edible merchandise without paying. When a 20-year-old female employee tried to stop the shoplifter, all five crew members began punching her in the face, cops said. They then removed the victim’s cell phone as well as $150 in cash from the register. The women are then seen on camera fleeing the store and jumping into the stolen SUV, cops said.
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