Investigators are searching for a would-be robber who shot a livery cab driver three times early Sunday morning in the Bronx. Fortunately, the driver survived, but the suspect remains at large. Police are describing him as a black male, approximately 20 years old, with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a tan bubble jacket and a dark hoodie with "ABERCROMIE" written on the front.
According to investigators, the suspect entered the livery cab on the corner of White Plains Road and Lafayette Ave yesterday shortly after 5 a.m. He brandished a gun and demanded money, and then opened fire when the driver did not immediately comply. The suspect then fled without any cash, leaving the driver bleeding in the street.
The victim, Raphael Martinez, 54, of the Dominican Republic, was shot in the shoulder and stomach. He's currently listed in stable condition. Martinez's brother Julian tells the Post, "My brother was saying, ‘Wait! I don’t understand you!’ and [the perp] just started shooting. [The gunman] didn’t give him time. He just shot him. He hit him twice in the shoulder. Then, when my brother got out, he shot him on the ground in the stomach. All he had was $8."
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.