Two men impersonated police officers, stopped a car, and robbed and beat the driver, and then stole the vehicle in Schenectady early Thursday morning, police said.
According to police, the victim was waiting for a green light at the intersection of State Street and Robinson Street around 4:07 a.m. when a dark sedan pulled behind him. The two suspects, who were not wearing any uniform or other clothing that identified them as police, got out of the sedan, identified themselves as police officers, and told the victim to get out of the car and place his hands on the vehicle, police said.
The first suspect, described as a light skinned male, race unknown, demanded the victim’s ID and took his wallet, and then began to search the victim and remove the contents of his pockets, police said. The victim then grabbed his wallet back and demanded to see a badge, and the first suspect began to punch and kick the victim, knocking him to the ground, police said.
The second suspect, described as a dark-skin black male, 6 feet tall with a medium build, got into the victim’s car, police said. The two suspects then fled the scene in the victim’s car, last seen traveling north on Elder Street. The dark sedan, which was being operated by another man, also fled.
Schenectady police said this afternoon they have recovered the vehicle taken in the robbery. It was found unoccupied in the city around 10 a.m.
Members of the Crime Scene Unit are processing the vehicle, police said. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
The victim was treated on scene by members of the Schenectady Fire Department and transported to Ellis Hospital with minor injuries and released. The incident is still under investigation.