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New York Daily News photographer seriously injured in West Village carjacking

A New York Daily News photographer was seriously injured Wednesday night after he tried to stop a man from stealing a car in Manhattan. He crashed, according to police and sources.

A. Saverio “Sam” Costanza, his 73-year-old shuttermaniac in the West Village, parked his car in front of 275 West 4th Street and popped into the deli around 6 o'clock before chaos. A scene was developed. 50 pm, according to police and sources.

Brooklyn resident Tabika, 44, said Mahmoud, 44, allegedly jumped into the driver's seat of an unmanned vehicle while at the store, according to police and sources.

When the suspect tried to drive off, Costanza saw the carjacking and ran outside and into the passenger side window, sources said.

The veteran photographer was dragged three blocks and his leg was run over before the driver lost control and crashed into a diner on West 4th Street and Bank Street, sources said. 

The car crashed on West 4th Street and Bank Street.
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44-year-old Tabbica Mahmoud was arrested after carjacking a NY press photographer's car on Wednesday.
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Mahmoud, who was thrown from his car in the crash, was taken into custody and taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation, police and sources said. said the muscle.

Costanza suffered a compound fracture in his leg and was hospitalized in a stable condition, sources said.

Sam Costanza broke his leg after he jumped into his passenger window during a car jacking in the West Village.
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NYDN photographer Sam Costanza
Costanza , 73, is recovering at Bellevue Hospital.

No other injuries reported.

Police said Mahmoud was charged with grand theft of a vehicle, reckless endangerment, possession of stolen goods, and possession of a controlled substance.

Police and sources say Mahmoud has a lengthy rap sheet regarding his 26 previous arrests, including 17 felonies.