Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly robbed an Uber driver at gunpoint in Miami.
Surveillance video captured the crook walking northbound down an alleyway off 80th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, just before 4 p.m. on July 12.
Uber driver Julio Peña said a man he thought was a passenger got in his car, but instead of giving him a ride, the victim said, he gave the subject his two cellphones and his wallet.
Peña said he was taking a break during rush hour along a sidewalk on 80th Street, near Biscayne Boulevard, when a man opened his passenger’s side door and jumped in his back seat.
“[He said], ‘I don’t want a ride. This is a robbery,’” said Peña through a translator.
The victim said he told the man he was not working when the subject pulled out a gun and told the victim not to look at him.
“‘Give me everything. Don’t move, don’t turn around and see me, OK?’” said Peña.
The victim said the man demanded his valuables and fled within seconds.
“I stop. I don’t see more of the guy,” said Peña.
The driver was not injured during the armed robbery.
Surveillance video also captured the robber walking along a sidewalk near Biscayne Boulevard and 82nd Street. Peña’s phones are visible in his hands.
Detectives describe the crook as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a slim build.
He is believed to be 23 to 25 years old and was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket, white shirt and dark pants.
“Whether you’re outside or home, or in front of a store, be very vigilant of your surroundings and please ensure all doors are properly secured,” said City of Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva.
Peña said the robbery did not change his daily routine as an Uber driver.
If you have any information on this armed robbery or the subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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