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Philadelphia police have released video of a violent carjacking that shows a suspect whipping and robbing a taxi driver.
The driver, working for a private taxi company, picked up an unknown black man at Jackson Street and Bleigh Avenue around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said in a news release Friday.
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The suspect got into the back seat of the car and paid the driver, police said, but the fare quickly turned violent.
As the driver approached Torresdale Avenue and Cottman Avenue, police said dash cam video from inside the car showed the suspect pulling out a black handgun with an extended charger.
The suspect, who is wearing a medical mask, appears to hit the driver with the handgun while the vehicle is in motion, video shows. He can be seen holding the driver at gunpoint while demanding money and the car, police said.
The victim is seen handing a stack of cash to the suspect before jumping out of the car, according to the video. The suspect then jumps into the front seat and drives off.
Police say the suspect abandoned the car on Aldine Street.
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Authorities have asked anyone with information about the suspect or the incident to call police.
Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.