Wild NYC car chase ends on Upper East Side blocks from Gracie Mansion with armed robbery, thieves on the loose — VIDEO – New York Daily News

Wild car chase ends on Upper East Side with an armed robbery (New York Daily News Exclusive)
A wild car chase ended with an armed robbery in broad daylight Saturday on a quiet Upper East Side street a few blocks from Gracie Mansion, police and witnesses said.
A black Mercedes sedan zoomed past a silver Toyota RAV4 driving against traffic on Second Ave. near E. 91st St. around 4:40 p.m., and ultimately slammed and spun the Toyota near E. 92nd St., police and witnesses said.
Then, the Mercedes driver used his car to push the Toyota onto a wide stretch of sidewalk, video obtained by the Daily News shows.
A wild car chase on the Upper East Side culminated in an armed robbery in which a suspect hit the passenger side window of a Toyota with a handgun, said police and witnesses. (Obtained by New York Daily News)
Both vehicles moved off the sidewalk to a marked bus lane, where the Mercedes rammed into the Toyota a second time.
The Toyota spun around in the bus lane and came to a stop. Witnesses heard a loud pop which some took to be gunfire — but one bystander, January Cotrel, 48, said it was a tire popping. The popped tire meant the Toyota couldn’t “run anywhere,” said Cotrel.
“Then one guy got out [of the Mercedes],” said another witness, who gave his name as Nour, 22, and said he worked at Yorkville Deli and Market.
The man who got out of the front passenger side of the Mercedes wore a mask covering his chin. He hit the passenger side window of the Toyota with a handgun, the video shows.
“He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!” a passerby yelled.
Police investigate the black Mercedes sedan on E. 86th St. and Third Ave. Saturday evening. (Barry Williams for New York Daily News)
The Toyota driver, who police said was 55 years old, stepped out of his car with his hands up and the armed man snatched a bag from inside the car, witnesses told The News.
Nour said the stunned victim told him afterward the bag contained cash.
“The guy was in shock — he cannot say nothing. He was just standing in his place,” Nour said of the victim. “At first when, when he saw the gun … He got out and he put his hands up.”
Meanwhile, the driver of the Mercedes waited behind the wheel for the armed man, said witnesses. “The driver was just waiting for him to get inside the car and they took off right away,” Nour said.
The Mercedes, with its smashed grille, was apparently found on E. 86th St. near Third Ave.
An employee at a nearby food shop, Baked by Melissa on E. 86th St. near Third Ave., said he saw three men flee from a black Mercedes-Benz and run toward the subway station on Second Ave.
The incident in the normally quiet neighborhood — about 2 1/2 long blocks from Gracie Mansion — frightened people nearby, including customers of Lisa’s on Second, a greeting card shop.
“When we were in the store and saw there were guns involved, I told everyone to go to the back of the store,” said Robert Romano, who was working in the greeting card shop.
“This all happened so fast — maybe it took place over a maximum of three minutes,” Romano said.
Police were investigating the incident on Saturday evening.
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