A 20-year-old Westbury man and a juvenile are being accused of robbery after they allegedly attacked a taxi driver in Uniondale Friday after he refused to give them a ride, Nassau County police said.
The 36-year-old male driver for Taxi Fiesta was entering his taxi on Liberty Street just after 1 a.m., police said, when he was approached by Edgar Palacios and the 15-year-old juvenile who was not identified. When the taxi driver refused to give them a ride the teen allegedly struck the man in the face with a .9mm pistol, causing a small laceration, police said.
After they ran away from the scene, the taxi driver identified his two attackers to a male coworker, who had responded to assist him, police said.
When the second driver confronted the two males, Palacios allegedly pointed the gun at him and then ran.
Responding officers quickly spotted Palacios near Uniondale High School, police said, and the teenager on Birch Street. They were both arrested. Police were unable to recover the gun.
Both are charged with first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Palacios was also charged with menacing. They will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.