The NYPD is investigating a cab driver’s claim that four city firefighters roughed him up and robbed him on the night of St. Patrick’s Day, sources said Tuesday.
The cabbie, Bouchaib Fadrany, said he was flagged down by a firefighter outside a bar on Eighth Ave. near 48th St. about 10:30 p.m. and told to wait for his three fellow smoke-eaters, according to sources.
The four men, whom Fadrany described as wearing FDNY dress uniforms, asked to be driven to Inwood, sources said.
But when the drunken group became too obnoxious and belligerent in the backseat, the cabbie stopped near Columbus Circle and told them to get out, the sources said.
Fadrany, of Astoria, Queens, told investigators that when he stepped out of the vehicle, one of the men punched him in the face and spit on him, sources said.
A brief tussle ensued and one of the uniformed passengers took Fadrany’s jacket, which contained $500, before they fled, sources said. Fadrany chased the men, but lost them in a nearby subway station.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told 1010 WINS that four firefighters were in the cab when a “dispute arose.”
“According to the driver, one of them assaulted the driver and took his jacket,” Kelly said. “In his jacket, according to the driver, was $450.”
The NYPD is still investigating the incident, but the FDNY has not yet commented.