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Two Bronx teens charged as adult felons for gunpoint robbery of Midtown livery cab driver

Two Bronx teenagers were charged as adults for holding up a Midtown livery cab driver at gunpoint and robbing his money, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Thursday.

Prosecutors threw the book at Malakai Bailey and Jordan Gonzalez, who are both 16, at their criminal court arraignments late Wednesday, charging both with 23 felony counts of robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and ammunition, menacing, and other related offenses.

If convicted on the top counts, they face a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Denied a cab ride to the Bronx around 1:25 a.m. Wednesday, the teens allegedly pulled a gun on a 26-year-old Bengali livery cab driver at Third Ave. and E. 52nd St and demanded his cash.

Assistant District Attorney William Darling said that although neither of the teens has a criminal history, the serious nature of their alleged crimes warranted both being tried as adults.

“Here defendant Bailey and defendant Gonzalez entered the complaining witness’s cab where they stated to the complaining witness that they had a firearm, displayed said firearm to the complaining witness and demanded the complaining witness give them all of his money,” said Darling at their arraignment.

“After taking money from the complaining witness, the defendant then left the cab, where both were apprehended.”

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Michael Gaffey released both over Darling’s request for $15,000 cash bail over a $45,000 bond.

Bailey and Gonzalez are expected to appear in Manhattan’s youth part Thursday where prosecutors will make their argument to try them as adults.

In an interview with the Daily News, the victim, who wished to be identified only as Rakib, said the teens called for the cab about 10 minutes earlier and said they would pay in cash. When he arrived, he asked for the $32 fare upfront, and they said they didn’t have the money but that one of their mothers would pay at the end of the trip.

The teens tried to bargain him down to $10, Rakib said, and when he refused, the gun came out.

“Don’t call the police. I’m telling you. It’s gonna escalate. I told you. I don’t have money. I got nowhere to go,” one of the teens said, according to the victim.

When he handed over $250 that he had on his dashboard, the teens demanded more, he said, and accused him of lying.

A 9mm Carl Walther handgun was recovered from Gonzalez’s vest pocket, prosecutors said at his arraignment. It was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition.

“I was scared then, and I’m scared for my safety now,” the terrified driver told The News, speaking in Bengali. “Since it happened, I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m scared that someone is going to follow me and hurt me.”

Rakib said the teens bailed out when another man came up to the stopped cab, hoping to get a ride.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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