A shocking video showing the frightening moment a masked gunman holds a taxi driver at gunpoint as he demands money has emerged online. What unfolded next, however, is something he never expected.
Taxi driver Ralph Valletta was waiting at a red light in Reading, Pennsylvania, when suddenly, the passenger in the back seat pulls a gun and start demanding money.
Inside the car, cameras mounted on the ceiling recorded 18-year-old Victor Martinez-Herrera demanding, “Give me all your money man! Give me everything you got!” while pointing a pistol at his head. However, he doesn’t realize a cop is right behind them.
The frightened driver, Ralph Valletta, handed over $11, telling Martinez-Herrera he had just started his shift and had no cash. Berks County Deputy Sheriff Terry Ely became suspicious when the car failed to move as the traffic light turned green multiple times. But when he notices the commotion inside the car, he quickly flips on his lights, pulls his gun and jumps into action.
As the officer approached the car, Martinez-Herrera yelled “fake gun” and put his hands up, complying with Ely’s orders to get on the ground. The officer arrested the would-be robber on the spot, leaving a grateful taxi driver to catch his breath.
“You’re a lifesaver, oh my God!,” Valletta exclaimed.
According to police, Martinez-Herrera faces charges of robbery, terroristic threats, and assault. He’s being held on $100,000 bail at the Berks County Jail.