Teen Threatened to Slit Cabby’s Throat
2 teen girls are charged in knifepoint robbery of cabby
By Michael Horowitz
BRONX, NEW YORK (BRONX NEWS)- Two teenage girls were charged with robbery and menacing in a knifepoint theft from a cabdriver that occurred shortly after 4 a.m. last Tuesday.
Police identified the arrested teens as Amanda Santiago, 18, and 16-year-old Deeshea Shealy.
Police said that the two girls forced the cabdriver to hand over his money and property by holding a knife to his throat.
In addition to robbery and menacing, the girls were charged with theft of service and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.
Co-op City’s Public Safety officers, in hot pursuit of the suspects, reportedly arrested them after stopping them along a footpath on the Greenway between Buildings 10 and 25.
The Public Safety Department said that the 18-year-old suspect, who lives in the Debs Place townhouses, threatened to slit the cabdriver’s throat while her 16-year-old companion, from the Wallace Avenue area, watched.
The Public Safety officers who arrested the suspects were reportedly in the vicinity of where the crime took place at the time it occurred.
Public Safety Director Frank Apollo commended the officers for their pursuit and their swift arrests of the girls who allegedly threatened the life of the 42-year-old cabdriver who had transported them to Coop City.
The arrests of the two young girls raise a matter of concern in the community, namely the failure of parents or guardians to keep track of their children.
In addition, there is rising concern in the community that a criminal element among Co-op City’s young people is threatening to destroy the quality of life that shareholders have a right to expect in the neighborhood in which they live.
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