Shortly after midnight last night, a taxi driver responding to a call at 22 Earle Place was confronted by a man holding a rifle. The man ordered the driver out of the car. Rather than comply, the driver got down low in the front seat and drove off, said New Rochelle Detective Captain Joseph Schaller. No shots were fired. The driver works for the Union Taxi Company of New Rochelle.
This is the sixth gun-related incident in New Rochelle over the past two weeks.
The description given to the New Rochelle Police Department is of a male black dresses in a black jacket and black pants. Earle Place is located near Potter Avenue and 5th Avenue in the vicinity of WVOX.
Several drivers at a dispatch for Union Taxi questioned by Talk of the Sound were unaware of the incident. Drivers for other taxi companies were likewise unaware of the incident and upset that they were not being informed of situations that might put them at risk. Two drivers mentioned other incidents which occurred last night involving Union Taxi drivers including a collision in which a driver was injured in the face and a robbery at knifepoint on Hilltop Avenue near Iona College. The robbery at knifepoint was, according to sources, not reported because the driver did not want to make an official report, possibly due to immigration issues.