NEWBURGH – City police in Newburgh quickly arrested two suspects following a reported armed robbery of a taxi driver. One of the suspects is a 12-year-old boy.
The robbery was reported 9:05 Friday night when a taxi flagged down a
patrolman in the area of Mill and Washington streets and told the officer
that he heard on his taxi radio that a fellow driver was having a problem
in the area of First and Lander streets. The officer radioed the information
to other patrolmen.
With the assistance of the taxi driver, the 12-year-old City of Newburgh
resident was immediately arrested when the officers arrived. A black BB
gun was located on the front passenger seat of the taxi cab.
A second suspect, Town of Newburgh resident Andrew Hunt, was seen running
north on Liberty Street and later arrested on Catherine Street after a
short foot pursuit. A loaded 38 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was in
his jacket pocket.
Investigation determined that the fares were picked up on Benkard Avenue
and requested to go to Lander Street. While in the area of 54 Lander,
a handgun was displayed. The subjects turned off the taxi and threw the
radio microphone to the ground before demanding cash and fleeing on foot.
The 12-year-old was charged with felony first degree robbery and released
to his parents for a future Orange County Family Court appearance.
Hunt was charged with armed robbery and criminal possession of a weapon,
both felonies. He was also charged with an outstanding probation violation
warrant. He was held without bail.