NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls woman told police that a cab driver pulled her out of the backseat of his taxi, forcibly grabbed her money and then drove off, taking $38 just after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Nounou Barry, 19, of 19th Street, a driver for Blue United Taxi was charged just after 11 p.m. with felony fourth-degree larceny after police questioned Barry and his manager.
The manager said it was against company policy to grab money from fares and get into physical altercations over fares.
The victim told police that she had disagreed with Barry about a $5 fare. She said he also grabbed her cell phone, but he gave it back and then drove off with her $38 in cash.
Witnesses said they saw Barry struggling with the victim in the cab and saw him push her down and drive away.