By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect who allegedly carjacked the driver of a private taxi company. The incident occurred Wednesday around 6:15 p.m. on Torresdale and Cottman Avenues in Northeast Philadelphia.

Police say a private taxi company picked up a man at Jackson Street and Bleigh Avenue. The suspect entered the car and paid his fare.

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But as the car approached Torresdale and Cottman Avenues, police say the man pulled out a black handgun with an extended magazine, hit the driver, demanded money, and the vehicle.

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The driver exited the car and the suspect went west on Cottman and north on Aldine Street, where he abandoned the car.

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If you see this suspect do not approach, contact 911 immediately. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 215.686.TIPS (8477).