2003-08-07 / Front Page

SUSPECT TIED TO 13 ROBBERIES

By Neil S. Friedman
SUSPECT TIED TO 13 ROBBERIES By Neil S. Friedman

SUSPECT TIED TO 13 ROBBERIES By Neil S. Friedman

A Canarsie man arrested last week, four days after a livery cab driver was held up at gunpoint, and placed in a lineup at the 69th Precinct was connected to that incident and at least a dozen other local robberies since last spring.

Clinton Tannis, 23, of East 80 Street, was apprehended by Police Officer Thomas Defonte and Detective Tim Seward on July 29, based on description given to police by the most recent victim, Milius Noel, 48, of East 107 Street, as well as information accumulated in 13 other livery and Chinese delivery robberies from May 30 through July 28.

According to a police report, Noel was driving his livery car on July 25 when he was dispatched to East 93 Street to pick up Tannis, who asked to be taken for a short ride. When they reached the East 92 Street destination, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and took $200 cash from the driver and fled.

Detective Squad supervisor Sgt. James O’Neill told the Canarsie Courier on Tuesday that when Tannis was in a lineup at the Foster Avenue stationhouse and identified by several victims, he was believed to be the suspect in a rash of robberies that had plagued the 69th Precinct for eight weeks.

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