Six firefighters who had just put out a blaze in a Brooklyn subway station helped police catch a 14-year-old boy yesterday after he robbed and slashed a livery driver, police and fire officials said.
The drama began at 5:48 p.m. at Bedford and Church avenues in Flatbush, where FDNY Lt. John Cullen and five other smoke-eaters from Engine 235, returning to quarters after extinguishing a fire in the station at Prospect Park and Flatbush Avenue, rolled up behind a livery cab at a red light. Cullen said he saw a "scuffle" between four male passengers and the livery driver.
"The side door of the cab flew open and three black youths fled from the back seat," Cullen, 46, told The Post. "I also observed a black youth in the front seat. It looked like he was assaulting the driver."
As the fourth passenger fled, the driver, Sunday Ezenba, 33, rushed up to the engine and frantically told Cullen that the youths had just stolen his wallet. Firefighters gave chase, grabbing one of the four suspects at Church and Flatbush avenues, Cullen said.
Ezenba was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition. The 14-year-old suspect, whose name was not released due to his age, was charged with assault and robbery.