Passenger bites cab driver in the arm then steals his wallet: police

QUEENS — Authorities are searching for a woman accused of biting a taxi driver then stealing his wallet in Queens.

An on-duty cab driver picked up a woman near 31st Street and Astoria Boulevard at about 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, police said Friday.

When the cab arrived at the passenger's destination along Kissena Boulevard and 71st Avenue in Kew Gardens, the woman paid her fare. But when the driver handed the woman her change, she accused him of not giving her the right amount, according to police.

She then became belligerent and refused to leave the taxi, police said.

When the driver stepped out of the car to escort the woman out of his taxi, she got out then moved to the front and sat in the driver’s seat, authorities said.

When the driver tried to pull her out of the taxi, she bit his right arm, grabbed his wallet and ran away, police said. She ran into an apartment building on 71st Avenue, police said.

Among the items inside the wallet was $200 in cash and numerous credit cards, police said.

Police released a photo of the suspected attacker. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, black pants and black-and-white sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).