Cops: Arrest made in Roosevelt cabdriver shooting

Ezekiel Pittman, 19, of Lincoln Avenue, Roosevelt was Ezekiel Pittman, 19, of Lincoln Avenue, Roosevelt was charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm, Nassau police said. (Aug. 11, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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A Roosevelt man was arrested Saturday night on charges that he shot and robbed a cabdriver after a similar robbery and attempted robbery earlier this month of two other drivers, Nassau County police said.

Ezekiel Pittman, 19, of 119 Lincoln Ave., was charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm, Nassau police said.

At 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 2 a man police suspect was Pittman got into a cab on Winthrop Street in Hempstead, showed a gun and demanded money from the 42-year-old female driver working for Express Valentine, a local cab company, police said. The driver fought off the intruder and he fled without any money. No injuries were reported, police said.

The next day, at 2:23 p.m., police said a man also suspected to be Pittman got into a Dawson Taxi cab at Willets Place in Roosevelt, pointed a gun at the 66-year-old driver's head and demanded money. After getting money from the driver, the suspect hit him in the eye with his gun, police said. The attacker then fled on foot west on Elmwood Avenue, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital for his injuries.

A man, again suspected to be Pittman, entered another cab on West Roosevelt Avenue in Roosevelt at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, brandishing a handgun and demanding money from a 60-year-old Country Wide Car Service driver, police said. The driver complied and the suspect demanded more money, shot the man in his right side and fled on foot, heading east on West Roosevelt Avenue, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital and is listed in stable condition, police said.

Police found Pittman on Henry Street in Roosevelt a few hours later. After he was identified by the male cabdriver at the hospital, police arrested him. Police did not find the handgun or stolen money, officials said.

He is expected to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Sunday.

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