A would-be robber in Pennsylvania had poor timing when he pulled a gun on his taxi driver with a sheriff's deputy behind him, police say.
A Berks County sheriff's deputy approached the cab after it failed to move through a green light Monday afternoon in Reading.
Surveillance video from inside the cab shows the deputy's cruiser pulling up behind the Reading Metro taxi on a city street. Shortly after that, a passenger in the back seat wearing a white hoodie and a mask covering his face aims a gun at the driver through the partition.
"Give me all your money, man," he yells, pointing the weapon, which turned out to be a pellet gun, at the driver's head. "I need it all right now if you don't want to die."
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As the panicked driver tells him he has no money, he notices the deputy approaching the cab.
"There's a cop behind us," the driver says.
The robber apparently tries to get out of the taxi and run as Deputy Terry Ely asks if there's a problem. Seeing the gun, Ely draws his firearm and orders the suspect out of the taxi then calls for backup.
The cab driver can be heard telling Ely, "You're a lifesaver."
Victor Martinez-Herrera, 18, was arrested. He remained jailed Tuesday on charges including robbery and terroristic threats. A lawyer wasn't listed for him in online court documents.
A call to the Berks County sheriff's department wasn't immediately returned.