Patricia Doniger, 68, of 110 East End Ave., New York, N.Y., was arrested Sept. 14 on a charge of sixth-degree larceny after she refused to pay for part of a cab fare.
A 41-year-old male cab driver called police at 3:30 p.m. saying that a woman had stiffed him, according to the report. The driver took the woman from the Waveny Care Center to Elm Street, where police said Doniger told him she had missed her train and asked to be taken to Forest Street, according to the report.
The two parties' versions of the incident diverge, according to police, as Doniger said the driver told her the trip to Forest Street would be free, while the driver said that was not true.
When they arrived on Forest Street, the driver asked for the $13 or $14 fare. Police said Doniger refused to pay that amount and gave him $9, which was what the meter had been on Elm Street.
The woman entered the Athletic Shoe Factory, 3 Forest St., police said, but she was neither in the store nor re-emerged by the time officers arrived on the scene. Police said she might have exited out the back of the store. Until police arrived, the driver waited with the meter running; the fare was more than $20 by the time he left, according to the report.
Police searched for her and found her at Starbucks, 88 Park St., about 45 minutes later.
The loss to the driver was estimated at $13.75.
She was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 26.