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Taxi-cab robbery suspect nabbed in Brooklyn


CLAVERACK—The Philmont teenager wanted for the knifepoint robbery of a cabbie was arrested by New York City Police in Brooklyn on an unrelated matter and turned over to the State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad April 26.

Nicholas M. Beauchamp, 17, of Philmont was charged with one count of second degree robbery April 27.

State Police from Livingston responded to a 911 call about a reported armed robbery in Claverack, April 19 at 11:20 p.m.

State Police Investigator Eric Barnes told newsman Lance Wheeler that the suspect was a customer in the taxi and was getting a ride from Philmont to Hudson when he allegedly pulled a 12-inch knife on the driver along Route 217.

The driver, whose name was not released by police, immediately called for help after Nicholas allegedly left her on the side of the road and drove off with her belongings and the cab she was driving, which belongs to Pronto Taxi.

Police characterized the teen as “a violent felon.”

On April 24, Claverack Justice Michael Brandon issued an arrest warrant for the teen. He was arraigned in Claverack Court April 27 and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

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