A cab driver was robbed at gunpoint and ordered to drive outside New York City where he was forced into his own trunk before he was able to escape when the car slowed down, police said.
The livery driver picked up his 27-year-old fare at about 11 a.m. Thursday on Soundview Road. The man asked to be taken to a location in Manhattan, according to police.
But shortly after the ride began, the kidnapper flashed a loaded revolver and ordered the driver to give him cash and his cell phone, police said. He then forced the driver to head north on the Saw Mill River Parkway.
The driver was told to pull over at one point, and was ordered out of the car at gunpoint and forced into the trunk.
The robber then drove the car to Tarrytown, where the driver was able to escape from the trunk by opening it with an emergency release when the car slowed down.
The victim jumped out as the car was moving, and called police. He was taken to the hospital.
The suspect was found by police and arrested. He had a loaded gun with him.
The victim's brother, Dennis Frias, told NBC 4 New York he had some bruises and that he was "pretty shaken up."