Police investigate taxi driver robbery

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A taxi driver who had just dropped off a fare was robbed at gunpoint by a man who entered his cab and forced him to drive for more than five minutes before fleeing, police said.

The armed robbery took place just before 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Farmingdale, Nassau County police said. The cabdriver was not injured.

Police said the cabbie, identified only as a 38-year-old man, dropped off a fare on Main Street and Grant Avenue, when the assailant, believed to be about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and wearing baggy pants, jumped into the taxi -- and flashed a silver and black handgun. The robber then ordered the cabbie to drive, forcing him to drive around between 5 and 10 minutes, before stealing cash, police said.

The assailant then exited the taxi near the intersection of North Maple Street and Simonson Place, fleeing on foot.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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