NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A 29-year-old taxi driver from the Bronx crashed his cab early Monday after feeling cold steel pressed to his body during a robbery attempt, New Rochelle Police Department Capt. Joseph Schaller said.
Police arrested one suspect and are looking for two others, Schaller said.
Brandon Gidron, 17, of 1273 North Ave., was charged with first degree robbery displaying a weapon and second degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, for his role during and after the incident, Schaller said.
Police said the victim was told by the suspects to give them his money after picking them up to go to Mount Vernon. He was then directed to drive to Stephenson Boulevard and Lyons Place.
After the taxi crashed, the three suspects escaped through the vehicle's windows and fled the area, Schaller said. Gidron was arrested several hours later in a nearby CVS Pharmacy parking lot after New Rochelle Police Department officer Kevin Waldron reported seeing him retrieve a loaded 9 millimeter Hi-Point firearm from a garbage can at the corner of Lyons Place several hours after the taxi incident.
Waldron recovered the firearm in a nearby bush at 24 Jackson St. after chasing Gidron a quarter of a mile in the vicinity, then searching the area and Lincoln Street to locate him, Schaller said.
The following item also was reported by New Rochelle Police:
Grand Larceny: Eugene Coizza, 70, of 16452 Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach, N.Y., was charged with third degree grand larceny, property value exceeding $3,000, a felony. Coizza is accused of stealing various electronic items valued at $3,593 Monday morning from Home Depot at 55 Weyman Ave.