Reading, PA (CNN) – An armed robber gets into a taxi and threatens the driver with his gun, and it was all captured on video.
“I’m a robber, man. Give me all your money, man. Give me everything you’ve got. Give it now! Give me now! We can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way,” the robbery suspect could be heard saying in the video.
With a gun to his head and fear in his heart, Reading Metro Taxi driver Ralph Valletta handed over his money and wallet to a masked gun man in an attempt to save his own life.
“We can do this the easy way or the hard way, man,” the suspect repeated.
“All Hell broke loose. The gun came out at my head, he was screaming at me. He had his hoodie pulled down and I couldn’t see anything but his eyes,” Valletta said.
But, in the midst of the robbery on 10th Street at Buttonwood Street Tuesday afternoon, Berks County Sheriff’s Office deputy Terry Ely, who was behind the cab the entire time, jumped in to save the day.
“I stood in the back to try and hear the conversation, ahead of time, so I knew what I was getting myself into. At that point, I heard the driver say, ‘just please don’t shoot me!'” Deputy Ely said.
Deputy Ely arrested the gunman on the spot and now 18-year-old Victor Martinez-Herrera is behind bars in lieu of a 100,000 bail. Valetta is safe and now back on the job.
“I believe I said to the deputy, that he saved my life. I almost had a heart attack in the car, my heart was beating. When that gun is pointed at your head, your body is doing things,” Valletta said.
“To see someone that’s just out there trying to work hard, to make…and to be victimized like that, my concern was all for him,” Deputy Ely said.
Martinez-Herrera faces charges of Robbery, Terroristic Threats, and Assault.