Crime Blotter: Cab Driver Robbed In Brownsville, Queens Man Fatally Struck By SUV In Boerum Hill

Crime Blotter: Cab Driver Robbed In Brownsville, Queens Man Fatally Struck By SUV In Boerum Hill

BROWNSVILLE – The NYPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the man seen in the photos and surveillance video below in connection to the robbery of a cab driver early last month.


At approximately 7:30am on Thursday, November 2, police say the suspect hailed a taxi in the vicinity of St. John’s Place and Troy Avenue. The driver took the suspect to 1843 Pitkin Avenue where the suspect put a gun to the victim’s ribs and demanded his money. When the victim said he didn’t have any cash, the suspect took the driver’s cell phones and went through his pockets and found his wallet. The suspect removed $200 in cash from the driver’s wallet, gave the wallet back to him, then exited the car and fled into 390 Sutter Avenue.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, approximately 18- to 25-years-old. He was last seen wearing a red, white, and blue hooded sweater with the word “Staple” on the chest, red and blue sweatpants, white sneakers, and carrying a black backpack.

See surveillance video of the suspect below.

BOERUM HILL – At approximately 1:45am on Sunday, November 26, police responded to a call regarding a collision in front of 333 Schermerhorn Street.

When officers arrived to the scene, they discovered a pedestrian, 50-year-old Edward Ailarov of Queens, on the pavement with trauma to his body. EMS transported Ailarov to Methodist Hospital where he died from his injuries on Monday, December 4.

Schermerhorn Street via Google Maps

A preliminary investigation has found that a 52-year-old man driving a 2006 Ford SUV eastbound on Schermerhorn Street swerved to his right and crashed into a parked, unoccupied 2015 Toyota before striking Ailarov who happened to be standing nearby. The driver of the SUV remained at the scene and has not been charged.

It is currently unknown whether the driver was speeding or intoxicated at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regards to the above incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.