A food delivery driver told Albany police he was accosted on Peyster Street by three people, two of whom beat him while another drove his vehicle.

The driver told police he was accosted by three people, two who beat him while another drove his vehicle.

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A food delivery driver said he was beaten and carjacked on Peyster Street in Albany on Saturday, July 9, 2022, according to city police.

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ALBANY – A food delivery driver was beaten and carjacked in Albany on Saturday morning, according to Albany police.

Authorities responded to reports of a robbery on Peyster Street around 10:50 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The driver told police he was making a delivery in the neighborhood just south of Sainte Rose College when he was approached by two men who asked him to get out of his vehicle.

When he did, a third suspect entered his car and stole it, police said.

The two suspects then punched and kicked the victim several times – knocking him to the ground and injuring him – before escaping on foot through the yards, police said.

The three suspects are described as wearing dark colored clothing.

A witness who confirmed the police account of the incident speculated that the driver may have been the victim of a scam that lures food delivery app drivers to this part of Peyster Street, which, according to them, is largely devoid of home security devices like Ring doorbell cameras.

No other details were available on Sunday and the investigation is ongoing, city police said.