ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Capital Region taxi driver was robbed by two men Wednesday, police said.
Albany police said a Black & White Taxi company driver picked up 20-year-old Justan Bilous, of Schenectady, at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Douw Street in Troy Wednesday morning. The driver then took him to south Albany.
The ride ended at the corner of Clinton Street and Third Avenue.
“The victim told officers upon their arrival that two males – one armed with a shotgun – had robbed him,” Albany Officer Steve Smith said.
Police said when the driver stopped the car to drop off Bilous, 17-year-old Jerre Colon, of Albany, approached the cab from nearby, and he was armed with a shotgun. The driver told police both demanded the driver’s property.
The driver gave the two suspects his property, and Bilous and Colon fled the scene. Police set up a perimeter less than a block away and took Bilous and Colon into custody.
“Throughout the course of the investigation, our K-9 officer did a track to a house over on Teunis Street,” Smith said. “At this time we have two males in custody.”
Other employees of Black & White Taxi company did not want to talk on camera, but they said Wednesday’s incident wasn’t the first time of their drivers had been threatened.
Bilous and Colon were each charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree and Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court Thursday morning.
The cab driver was not injured during the crime.