Cab driver placed in head lock, robbed

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida cab driver was attacked by a man pretending to be a customer.

A camera was rolling inside the cab as the attacker tried to rob the driver, Genrikh Blinster, on July 3, before 6 p.m., near Northwest Sixth Street and Second Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

“Sure it was scary,” Blinster said. “Seventy years old, this never happened before.”

The 70-year-old victim was put in a head lock, and as he struggled, the attacker managed to get his cellphone and cash from his front pocket. Luckily, the robber dropped the $360 and didn’t seriously injure the driver.

“Thank God for that,” Blinster said.

He moved to the U.S. from the Ukraine in the late ’80s and has been working as a cab driver in South Florida for the past 10 years.

The grandfather of three said he enjoys to drive and won’t let this incident stop him from doing what he likes. “I work all my life. My wife, she’s still working. When she finishes working, maybe I’ll stop,” Blinster said. “Now, what am I going to do? Sit at home all day?”

If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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