Cabbie says drunk New York firefighters attacked him

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 23, 2011 12:25 PM
Cabbie says drunk New York firefighters attacked him

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities said on Wednesday they were investigating a taxi driver's claim that he was beaten up and robbed by four drunken firefighters on St. Patrick's Day.

The cab driver, Bouchaib Fadrany, told authorities he picked up the firefighters outside a bar in Manhattan on the evening of March 17, police said.

The men were wearing Fire Department of New York dress uniforms, he told police.

The driver told police he drove the men for a few blocks but then asked them to get out of his cab because they were acting rowdy and appeared to be drunk.

One of the firefighters punched him in the face and spit on him, police said.

One of them also took his jacket that contained $500 before running away with the rest of the men, police said.

Police noted that they were still assessing the merits of Fadrany's claims.

Fire Department spokesman Steve Ritea said the department was taking the claims seriously and conducting its own investigation into the incident.

(Reporting by Aman Ali, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)