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Truncheon-wielding pedicab driver beats rival hack in NYC

An argument between two pedicab drivers in Midtown escalated to an assault after one of the hacks whipped out a wooden truncheon and beat his rival with it before peddling off.

The cycle of violence began on July 14, around 2 p.m. when the 24-year-old victim was confronted by another pedicab driver at West 33rd St. and Broadway at the tip of Greeley Square Park.

The three-wheeled menace began to argue with his fellow driver then pulled out a nightstick and pounded on the victim’s back, according to police.

The assailant then peddled away, leaving the other man with a bruised back and a cut to the leg.

Police put out a photo of the suspect, a bearded man with dark hair, that shows him holding a three-foot club with a man behind him who appears to be trying to restrain him from further injuring the other driver.

The victim was not badly injured and refused medical attention.

Investigators are asking anyone who recognizes the man to reach out on NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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