A mother and her three children were the alleged victims of a startling attack at the hands of a man who posed as a taxi driver.
According to police, a Hispanic male in his 40s picked up a 26-year-old mother and her three children, ranging from one to five years old, at 207th Street in Manhattan and drove them to Elmhurst around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday.
When they arrived at the rear of the Boulevard Family Residence, formerly the Pan American Hotel, at 79-00 Queens Blvd., the suspect allegedly attempted to sexually assault the mother with her children still in the car, authorities said.
As the family attempted to escape, the suspect allegedly elbowed the 5-year-old in the head and forcibly removed the woman’s 3-year-old from the vehicle, police said.
The suspect, who was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with white stripes, had an earring in his right ear and had manicured eye brows, eventually fled the scene.
The children were taken to Elmhurst Hospital with minor injuries.
Anyone with information about the alleged attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-8477 or submit any tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com.