By Anya Schiffrin
A doorman, Julian Bika, had his car stolen on Riverside Drive between 97th and 98th Streets, just before 6 a. m. Tuesday morning, Bika told West Side Rag, displaying the incident report filed with the police.
Bika was parking on his way to work when the super from a nearby building called to him for help. The super had interrupted three young men who were trying to steal a catalytic convertor from a car parked on Riverside Drive, and had turned the car on its side. Bika went to confront the three men and they responded that they had a gun.
“I stupidly left my car running, and then they were running and coming with their car to hit me and the super,” Bika said. Then, realizing Bika’s car was running, they jumped in and made off with it. In the car was $90 in cash and a cash card and wallet. Very quickly, Bika got a text alert from his bank as the men had apparently tried to withdraw $1,000.
“I think they were very young, because they were moving so fast. They were skinny and wearing masks that covered everything except their eyes,” Bika said, adding, “It’s a good thing they didn’t kill us.”
The super of Bika’s building said that car theft and vandalism is a daily occurrence on Riverside Drive.
An NYPD spokesperson said they had not yet received word of the incident. We will check back for an update.
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