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Mar 18, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Uber driver expected to survive Bronx robbery over $23


An Uber driver was shot multiple times inside his car in the Bronx early Saturday by a passenger who robbed him of , police said.


Jeffrey Cisnero Comacho, 26, was picking up street hails about 12:45 a.m. when a man flagged him down on Boston Road and Fish Ave., according to cops.


Comacho took the rider to Morrison Ave. near E. 174th St. in Soundview, where the passenger whipped out a gun and shot Comacho at least three times and ran off with his cash and wallet.


The cabbie managed to stumble out of his silver Toyota and wave down a passing police cruiser.

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Medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, where he is expected to survive, officials said.


“He’s very lucky to be alive,” said Fernando Mateo, the president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, who visited Comacho in the hospital.


“We were at the hospital all morning. He’s got tubes going everywhere. Cops recovered three 9-mm shells and there are a lot of exit and entrance wounds.”


“All of this for ,” he said. “That’s what this city has come down to.”

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Comacho’s mother, Yanira, said her son was conscious and able to recognize family members.


“I want the person who did this to be caught,” said Yanira Comacho.


“I would kill him,” she added.


Yanira Comacho’s boyfriend, Enrique Jimenez, said the victim tried to reason with the assailant.

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“The guy said, ‘Oh give me the money,’” Jimenez explained. “The son said, ‘You are the second person I picked up today. I don’t have the money.’”


The federation of drivers is offering a ,000 reward for any information that will lead to the gunman, Mateo said.


On Saturday, detectives were scouring the area, going door to door as they looked for witnesses and trying to find surveillance images of the gunman.


Comacho, the father of three girls — the oldest 7, the youngest 2 — didn’t have a camera in his cab, one of the tools Mateo said cab drivers use to protect themselves and deter crime.

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“If he had a camera (in his car), the cops would have known who the gunman was,” Mateo said. “Imagine those girls waking up to find out what happened to their dad. It’s sad.”


Comacho also shouldn’t have picked up a street hail, he warned.


“Now there is no record of who they are, where they live and no phone number,” he said.


Comacho usually picks up fares through the Uber app, but for some reason decided to pick up a street hail as he wound as he finished for the night, sources said.


He was near his home when he was shot, according to Mateo.


“As drivers and as an industry, we have to do a better job of protecting ourselves,” Mateo said. “There’s is no way that a cop can save your life when you’re alone in the dark at 2 a.m. and someone pulls a gun on you.


“The driver has tools like cameras to protect them, but sometimes people take these for granted and this is what happens,” he said.


Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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