By Mark Young, EyesOnNews.com Managing Editor, June 3, 2015 – BSO detectives need your help in identifying a man who attacked a cab driver by trying to choke him with a seatbelt – all while the cab was in motion. The attack was caught on the taxi’s security camera. Luckily the driver was not injured. Here’s how BSO describes the incident:
Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who choked and punched a taxi driver during a robbery on May 9 near Fort Lauderdale. The robbery and assault was captured by the taxi’s security camera.
At approximately 1:57 a.m. on May 9, Jean Paul Roosevelt was driving his taxi near 4401 N.W. 31 Avenue in unincorporated Fort Lauderdale when he picked up a new fare. Soon after he got in the cab, the unidentified man started yelling and arguing with Roosevelt. He demanded that Roosevelt hand over his money and phone. The robber then grabbed a seatbelt and began to choke the driver while the cab was still in motion. As the car continued to move slowly forward, the robber climbed on top of the victim and repeatedly struck him in the face.
Roosevelt was eventually able to stop the car at a Marathon gas station at 3090 W. Sunrise Boulevard. The robber jumped out of the cab and fled on foot with the victim‘s phone. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue treated Roosevelt for injuries sustained during the attack.
Robbery detectives are looking for a man in his early 20’s, with a thin build, approximately 6’ tall with short black hair. He wore a white or light-colored long sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Vincent Coldwell at 954-321-4270 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $3,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.