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Cops: Bayville man beat taxi driver after refusing to pay fare

Kyle Johnston, 20, of Bayville, faces robbery and theft of services charges.
Kyle Johnston, 20, of Bayville, faces robbery and theft of services charges.
Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

A Bayville man will face a judge Monday after police said he refused to pay a taxi fare and then allegedly pummeled the cab driver before taking off with the victim’s cash, according to an April 6 news release.

Kyle Johnston, 20, was charged with second-degree robbery and theft of services after the Sunday afternoon altercation on Greenwhich Street in Bayville.

Authorities said Johnston hailed the cab to go home from Long Beach around 7 a.m. Sunday, but “refused to pay the fare” when he arrived in front of his house. The driver then exited the cab, as the men argued, and police charge Johnston “threw him to the ground and began to punch and kick the victim in the face.”

Before fleeing the scene, police said Johnston swiped the driver’s “money bag,” which they say contained an unspecified amount of cash.

The cabbie drove himself to the hospital and was treated for his injuries, cops said.

Long Beach police officers, Nassau County detectives and members of Nassau’s Bureau of Special Operations arrested Johnston at 2:15 p.m. Sunday on Deans Lane in Long Beach.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.