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Cops: Man robs cabdriver of cash, cellphone

A Rockville Centre man robbed a cabdriver of cash and a cellphone during a fare in Hempstead Thursday, then later the same night re-entered the victim's cab offering to return the phone, Nassau County police said.

Anthony Tshombe, 31, was arrested at about 11:50 p.m., after his second ride with the victim in a Taxi Latino cab, police said Friday.

Third Squad detectives said the cabbie's ordeal began at about 6:17 p.m., when Anthony got into his cab on Jackson Street and asked to be taken to Terrace Avenue in Hempstead.

During the ride, Tshombe placed a hard object to the back of the head of the driver, 30, and demanded cash, according to a news release.

The driver, thinking the object was a gun, gave Tshombe cash and also his cellphone. Tshombe then fled with an unspecified amount of cash and the phone, police said.

Police said the incident was not reported.

Later, the same cabbie was picking up a passenger on South Franklin Street when Tshombe got into the cab again. Police said he told the driver he could get his phone back if he drove to Terrace Avenue.

On the ride, the cabbie called into his dispatcher and asked in Spanish for assistance.

Tshombe was then arrested by Hempstead police on Foster Street, police said.

No weapon was recovered; there were no injuries.

Tshombe is charged with first-degree robbery and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.


A previous version of this story gave the incorrect name of the suspect, as provided by police.

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