An armed robber pistol-whipped a taxicab driver who tried to take away the gunman’s handgun in Westbury on Tuesday night, Nassau County police said.

The Centro America Taxi Company dispatched the 32-year-old man to pick up a fare on Upland Street near the corner of Rockland Street, where two men got in the cab and one pointed a silver handgun at the victim and demanded money shortly after 10 p.m., police said.

The victim grabbed the gun and a struggle ensued, but the gunman regained control of the gun and hit the victim in the head with it, police said.

Both robbers then went through the victim’s pockets, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away southbound on Upland Street.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment of a laceration and bleeding above his right eye.

Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


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