Man Arrested in Wild Tantrum on Top of Ride-Share Car in Midtown Traffic

What to Know

  • A man was caught on video jumping on top of a rideshare car as it sat in traffic in Manhattan one Friday afternoon this month
  • The man's tantrum happened in the area of 40th Street and Fifth Avenue; the driver was hit with a bike lock in the head and back, cops said
  • The 23-year-old driver of the rideshare car was treated at an area hospital and later released; a 25-year-old man has been arrested

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a wild tantrum on top of a ride-share car as it sat in midtown Manhattan traffic one Friday afternoon earlier this month.

Emilio Carpenay, of Queens, faces charges of assault and criminal mischief in the Jan. 18 attack near 40th Street and Fifth Avenue Jan. 18, police said late Monday. The chaos was all captured on video. 

Police say Carpenay is thought to be the man seen in that video banging on the car’s window for no apparent reason. The driver tried getting away from the man, who then pedaled ahead on his bike and hit the car with a U-lock in stopped traffic. The blows smashed the windshield and rear window of the victim's vehicle, police said. When the driver got out, Carpenay allegedly hit him over the head and back with the bike lock.

Then the video shows a man, allegedly Carpenay, climb onto the car’s roof and stomp all over it while screaming at the top of his lungs. He then leaped off and pedaled away on his green bicycle.

The 23-year-old rideshare driver was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. He was later released. There were two passengers inside the car at the time, but they were not injured, according to authorities. 

It wasn't immediately clear if Carpenay had an attorney.

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