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Cops: Woman charged with robbing cabbie in New Cassel

Patricia Wright, 25, of New Cassel, was arrested

Patricia Wright, 25, of New Cassel, was arrested Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, and charged with third-degree robbery for grabbing cash from a cab driver's hand and fleeing following a brief struggle, police said. Credit: NCPD

A 25-year-old New Cassel woman was arrested Monday night and charged with robbery after police said she grabbed cash from a cab driver's hand, scuffled with the driver and ran off -- before being located by Third Precinct officers.

The robbery occurred at about 10:30 p.m. in New Cassel, Nassau County police said.

The defendant, identified as Patricia Wright, of 245 Wright St., was charged with third-degree robbery following her arrest, police said. She faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Wright was a fare in a Taxi Hispanic Express cab being operated by a 37-year-old male driver, entering the cab on Third Avenue, police said. A short time later, police said, Wright grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the driver's hand and, following a brief struggle, fled the cab on Hopper Street -- running through a yard to flee the scene.

Responding officers then located and arrested Wright near Broadway, police said.

No one was injured.

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