The rider smashed a cab window and commandeered Yousef Amar’s taxi in Chelsea because Amar wouldn’t let him sit up front, the cabbie told The Daily News.
“He was a really bad person, really bad,” Amar said. “It was a hell of an experience.
“I had the worst night of my life because of this a-----e,” he added.
Police recovered the cab but have not yet made an arrest in the bizarre incident, which began with Amar picking up four people near the 1 Oak club on W. 17th St., Amar said.
That’s the same club that a 22-year-old Georgia partyer was escorted from just a few hours before he allegedly crashed a stolen truck into a bus on Feb. 12, killing the MTA driver.
Amar was idling outside the club for potential customers about 3:10 a.m. Thursday when two men and two women entered his cab, he said.
After Amar dropped off one young woman at W. 28th St. and Seventh Ave., one of the male passengers wanted to move to the front passenger’s seat.
The cabbie refused.
“He looked weird to me,” Amar said. “The way he looked and the way he was acting — I couldn’t feel safe with him up front.”
Apparently for good reason.
The man proceeded to sit on the hood and then smashed the front passenger window, Amar said. When the cab driver went to assess the damage, the man jumped inside and took off with the couple still in the back seat.
“They were shocked,” Amar said. “They were screaming, ‘What are you doing? Stop the cab!’ ” Amar said.
Amar, 38, chased the cab for several blocks as it sped through red lights, he said.
Police found the cab about 15 minutes later midblock on W. 23rd St. between Seventh and Eighth Aves., police said.
Amar, who was nursing a sore arm from the encounter, isn’t sure how he was injured, though he did “gently” push the man to get him off the hood of the car, he said.
Adding insult to injury, Amar’s partner couldn’t work the day shift Thursday because the cab was in the repair shop. Still rattled from his early-morning scare, Amar was not certain if he would be able to work the overnight shift.
[NY Daily News Report]