Suspects Allegedly Kidnapped, Robbed Taxi Driver in Ridgewood, NJ
Police recently apprehended two men who allegedly committed a violent robbery and kidnapping of a taxi driver in Ridgewood, NJ.
The robbery reportedly went down around 3:00 a.m. on December 26, 2015. According to authorities, the suspects hailed a cab in Paterson NJ and told the taxi driver to take them to Waldwick, NJ. When the cab passed through Ridgewood, the suspects allegedly ordered the driver to pull over on North Monroe Street.
Once the driver stopped the car, the suspects allegedly attacked him. After assaulting the driver and robbing him of his money, one of the suspects reportedly got behind the wheel of the cab and drove the vehicle, with the cab driver inside, to the New York State Thruway. The suspects eventually threw the victim out of the taxi and left him on the side of the road.
The victim was injured as a result of the assault. After reporting the crime to local police, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital so that he could receive medical treatment for minor injuries.
Meanwhile, multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a joint investigation into the kidnapping incident. The agencies working together to track down the suspects included the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mahwah Police Department, the Hawthorne Police Department, the Waldwick Police Department, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, New Jersey State Police, and New York State Police.
Authorities eventually determined the identities of the suspects and placed them under arrest.
The suspects face numerous criminal charges, including carjacking, kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “2 Charged with Kidnapping, Robbery of Taxi Driver in Ridgewood.”