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Newburgh taxi robbery ends in 3 arrests

Two of the three suspects charged with robbery

Two of the three suspects charged with robbery after allegedly attacking a Newburgh cab driver: Donchevell Nugent, 17, left, of the town of Newburgh, and Nigel Elmore, 18, of city of Newburgh. (Aug. 15, 2012)

Three teenagers are charged with robbery after an attack early Saturday morning on a cabdriver in the city of Newburgh, according to city police.

Nigel Elmore, 18, of the city of Newburgh, and Donchevell Nugent, 17, of the town of Newburgh, flagged down a taxi at 1:22 a.m. Saturday at 120 Front St., police said. In the cab the two asked to go to Carson Avenue, and became angry when the 41-year-old driver asked for the money up front. The two then called out to Jarrod Scurlock, 19, of New Windsor, who got in the taxi and threatened to punch the driver in the face, police said Sunday.

One of the suspects then picked up the driver's metal clipboard and struck the driver on the face, police said. The driver called 911 from his cellphone and the attack continued outside the cab. The three continued to punch the driver and one spat in his face, according to police.

Bystanders pulled the teenagers off the driver, who got back in the car and met police down the road, police said.

The driver's clipboard contained an undetermined amount of cash and another cellphone that fell on the ground during the struggle. He also discovered his GPS was missing, police said.

Officers later found the suspects in the area of 50 Front St. and arrested them. Scurlock, Elmore and Nugent were charged with felony second-degree robbery.

The GPS was recovered in that area, along with a cellphone charger belonging to the victim, according to police. It was not immediately clear whether the money or cellphone were recovered.

The suspects were arraigned Saturday in Newburgh City Court in front of Judge Peter Kulkin and were released on $5,000 bond. They are due back in City Court on Thursday.

Scurlock's attorney, Paul Brite, said "He's innocent of the charges. He's a good kid who's in a work training program." Brite mentioned that Scurlock was a point guard on the Newburgh Free Academy basketball team.

"There had to have been a misunderstanding of some kind," Brite said. "The kids had plenty of money to pay (the driver)."

Catherine Lee, the attorney for Elmore, and William Garvin, the attorney for Nugent, did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

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